| Cobalt Net Porcelain CandlestickThe Lomonosov St. Petersburg Russia Hand Decorated with Mineral Cobalt and 22Kt Gold
Actual retail value of over $100 (no kidding!!!). Our price is just $45. This is a beautiful piece and looks stunning anywhere as well as being utilitarian and functional.Ready to ship anywhere in the US for only an extra $5 via priority mail.4.5" tall, 4 inches diameter.
First off, let's make one thing very clear: we are offering, and what you are now looking at, is GENUINE (and please - don't get us started about what's genuine and what's not genuine in this wild and woolly neck of the Internet woods) LOMONOSOV. Cobalt Net, which, for all you uninitiated in this treasure, is a mineral cobalt pattern that is hand painted onto porcelain and enhanced with 22Kt gold (also by hand), becoming essentially a modern-day "flow blue". Take a moment to check out the hallmark in the pictures below.
This is the real Mccoy - all authentic (and don't get us started about what's authentic and what's not authentic around this particular badly uncharted neck of the Internet woods).
Want to know more about the fabled history of the Lomonosov Factory? Then read on below, and be sure to check out the pictures at the bottom of the page. Questions? We'll be glad to answer them. And thanks for looking!
An exclusive design of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg for more than half a century, the pattern "Cobalt Net" was inspired by the luxurious dining sets going back to the time of Empress Catherine II, who reigned in Russia from 1762 to 1796. Its unique and elegant style has justifiably received world-wide acclaim. Each individual piece is hand painted with a striking combination of intertwining lines, drops and accents, by artists who carefully preserve the ancient art of porcelain painting and decoration. Materials used include genuine mineral cobalt and 22 karat gold. Our shop sells only the very top "export-quality" grade of porcelain.
For more than two and a half centuries the factory on the banks of the river Neva in St. Petersburg has been at the forefront of high class artistic and utilitarian porcelain. Founded in 1744 by the daughter of Peter the Great as The Imperial Factory, it belonged for a time to the House of Romanov and the porcelain objects produced were only for the select few.
Christoph Conrad Hunger was the first director, who also managed the Vezzi Factory in Venice and gained his experience at Meissen, Vienna. Under his and several successive regimes little was produced besides small articles such as cups and saucers, jugs and snuff boxes for the Tsar and his Court. A commercial sensibility took over in 1763 increasing production, but the factory continued under Imperial control. Two grades of ware were manufactured, one the finest hard paste, the other an off-white variety. Both wares were well glazed. Tableware, vases and splendid figures were produced, both in glazed and in bisque. Decoration evolved from the "Dresden" style -- monochrome landscapes and purple and green flowers with gold or black -- to a later Sevres sensibility with more color and scenes from daily life, landscapes, animals and multi-chrome flowers and birds. The china was marked with the Imperial Russian eagle and with initials and monograms of the rulers, impressed into the porcelain or painted in black or gold. The "Imperial" Factory was also aligned with the Russian Academy of Arts.
Nearly 100 years later, the factory became "IFZ" - Imperatorskii Farforovyi Zavod, - or, The Emperor's Porcelain Factory. From Catherine the Great's reign onwards (1762), factory marks were the same as initials of the reigning monarch. An additional mark - "II K" - stood for "Pridvornaya Kontora", meaning that the piece formed part of the inventory of the Russian royal court.
After the Soviet Revolution in 1917, it was nationalized and once again renamed, this time to the State Porcelain Works, or "GFZ" - Gosudarstvennyi Farforovyi Zavod. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1925, it was given the name of the academy's founder, Mikhail Lomonosov. Today it is known as, the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, or "LFZ", and sometimes "The House of Lomonosov" .
Lomonosov Porcelain is now the "Imperial Porcelain Factory". While this adds to the confusion, it's likely that Lomonosov will be the name of the factory for many years to come.
Today, Lomonosov, or Imperial, porcelain can be found in the Hermitage and the Russian Museum, as well as the Palace Museums of Pavlovsk, Petrodvorets and Tsarskoe Selo. In Moscow, pieces can be found in the State Historical Museum and the Ceramics Museum of Kuskovo. The factory even has its own museum, established in 1844, which contains some 20,000 items on exhibits.
Cobalt Net is justifiably the most famous of all the creations of the Lomonosov Factory and is a trademarked pattern. Originally known as Cobalt Blue Netting, its forms were designed by S.E. Yakovleva in 1949. The pattern elegantly brings together three classic colors - blue, white and gold. Each individual piece is carefully hand painted by an artist using mineral cobalt and 22 karat gold. Analogous to the "flow blue" of many years ago, this, and other wonderful "modern day flow blue" patterns can be enjoyed on many levels. It can make a very special gift, add splendor to the home or the office, or can be part of a wonderful personal collection.
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