Russian Revolution Centennial; Rare Jubilee Soviet figures by Natalia Danko

17/03/2017     Ceramics & Glass, News Stories & Press Release

Lot 69 Natalia Danko for the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, 1927This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Roseberys London are pleased to offer two rare Natalia Danko Soviet porcelain sailor figures, produced in 1927 as special Jubilee pieces, in their Decades of Design auction on 28 March 2017.

In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.

In the porcelain world this event reprised the then failing Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, which was nationalised after the revolution and renamed the State Porcelain factory, a platform for artistic anarchy giving the wares and artist’s a new lease of life.

In 1925, on the occasion of the 200th jubilee of the Russian Academy of Science, it was given the name of the academy’s founder, Mikhail Lomonosov. It became known as the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory.


Natalia Danko, a trained sculptor started working at the then State Porcelain Factory under the guidance of her teacher Vasily Kuznetsov, whom she took over from as head of the sculpture workshop in 1919.

Danko’s work was a comment on the everyday people of post-revolutionary Russia. The sailors, soldiers, flower sellers and factory workers. Her work drew inspiration from the folk styled tradition of figurine porcelain.


Lot 69 (pictured above)

Natalia Danko for the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, 1927, a Soviet porcelain figure of a sailor with a red banner, the figure is in white trousers and cap, with ‘Aurora’ cap band, holding a flag, painted in polychrome enamel colours, impressed factory mark, dated 1927 and with impressed monogram seal to base, 18.3cm high.

The impressed factory mark on this figure is possibly a special Jubilee mark for 1927, the hammer and sickle seal dates form the 1918-30 period. [Lot 69]

Lot 70 Natalia Danko for the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, 1927

Estimate: £2000 – £3000 (+27.6% *BP)

Lot 70, pictured here bears the same factory marks and estimate £2000-3000. [Lot 70]

Both pieces have provenance from the Estate of the Late Nadia Slow; of Russian descent.


Decades of Design; specialist sale of Modern Design and Decorative Arts from Roseberys London is taking place on Tuesday 28 March from 10am.

The curated sale features over 200 lots of significant decorative art and modern design.


Viewing Times

24 March 1pm-5pm

26 March 10am – 2pm

27 March 9.30am-5.30pm

28 March 9am-9.45am




For further information please contact Charlotte Meddings +44 (0) 20 8761 2522

Contact one of our department specialists for a complimentary valuation:

Bill Forrest

Richard Gibbon +44 (0) 20 8761 2522


Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

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