Wood Grouse (or Capercaillie), Konakovo Faience Factory,
1974-1991, porcelain figurine depicts one of the most
popular game birds in the Soviet Union.
11 ½" x 5 ¾" x 7 3/8" (30 x 15 x 19cm), massive and
naturalistic rendition of a game bird prevalent throughout
Northern Russia and perennially popular with Russian
hunters. Its favored habitats are dense areas of older
coniferous forests and the sculptor has accurately placed
his bird on a spruce or pine branch.
Excellent condition. There are a few areas on the bird's
head where tiny areas of white porcelain show through the
glaze. There is no sign of damage, however, so perhaps this
was some kind of an effect that the artist was attempting.
Other than one tiny chip on the fan of the tail feathers
(visible in our photos), there is no damage although there
are a few places where there is the light cracalature
sometimes seen on the surface of very large porcelain
The Capercaillie is a grouse found all across Europe, but
it is particularly prevalent in Northern Russia. (On the
territory of the former USSR there are four or five
distinct species and sub species.) It is hunted from April
to May, usually during the hours between midnight and dawn.
The fact that its own mating call frequently renders it
deaf has been the subject of jokes for many generations!
This oversized sculpture has a universal appeal that makes
it attractive to both hunters and naturalists!
/trademark is #149 in Volume One of "Marks on Soviet
Porcelain, Faience, and Majolica, 1917-1991" /