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     Home > SOVIET PAPER, PROPAGANDA and ART > "Back in the USSR": Soviet Lifestyle
    "Back in the USSR": Soviet Lifestyle
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    $395.00 Large Lenin Lacquer portrait box from Fedoskino, probably the most famous center for such work in Russia, dated 1960 and signed by the artist. This outstanding, relatively early example of Soviet propaganda art is in superb condition.

    $95.00 Gift Set to a Delegate or Guest at the XXVI Congress of the Communist Party, 1981. Includes a notebook with the congress emblem and a "deluxe" set of ballpoint pens in a special pouch with the same logo. A rare and interesting "life style" group from the end of the Brezhnev era.

    $90.00 Ladies Kremlin Perfume Flask in hallmarked "875" silver and a 1968 maker mark. An elegant status symbol item possibly once used by a wife or daughter of a Communist Party VIP.

    $30.00 Ladies Compact in silver-plated brass, decorated with florals, circa 1950s-60s. This very elegant piece makes a full impression of solid silver. Includes original mirror. In excellent condition.

    $30.00 Small size Ladies Compact in silver-plated brass, circa late 1940s-1950s. Uncommon "Art Deco" design. Maker marked by the "30th Anniversary of the October" workshop in Kiev. In very good condition.

    $40.00 Ladies Compact in hallmarked silver, 1967. Attractive piece featuring engraved flowers and gilded interior. Very good to excellent condition.

    $140.00 The 1957 Youth Festival in Kiev, exquisite hand blown art glass vase, layered milk glass with gold leaf trim and artwork showing the festival badge and happy Ukrainian youths.

    $140.00 Elegant Vase in Milk Glass commemorating the VSKhV Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow, 1954-59. Double layered, with attractive artwork vignette of the emblem of the exhibit depicting a male and female collective farmers holding a sheath of wheat. In very good condition.

    $125.00 Elegant Vase in Milk Glass featuring the classic Horse Tamer statue in Leningrad, circa 1950s-60s. Double layered, with vignette showing one of the most recognizable of all Leningrad / St. Petersburg landmarks. An attractive and timeless piece in very good condition.

    $170.00 Vase in Milk Glass featuring young Soviet athletes, circa 1950s-60s.The artwork includes flags of the three branches of the Soviet armed forces and the arms conveying the message that the main purpose of sports in the USSR was to train soldiers. In excellent condition.

    $60.00 "Karlsson-on-the-Roof" Porcelain Wall Plate, Korosten Porcelain Factory, circa 1970s - 80s. The image of a popular cartoon character is instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up in the USSR (most don't know however that there is an unexpected twist to the Karlsson story!) In excellent condition.

    $50.00 Porcelain Dessert Plate "Little Boy on a Horse", Baranovka Porcelain Factory, 1973-1980s. A favorite motif of Soviet ceramicists was young children playing Civil War era soldiers.

    $220.00 The Glider Model Builder (Planeristka), circa 1930s-50s, a faience statuette of a Young Pioneer based on the 1930s design by D. Kovalenko.

    $80.00 Lady's Wind-Up Music Box with Storage Container for Jewelry or Trinkets. Featuring various buildings of the VDNKh Exhibition in Moscow, it plays a sentimental melody of the "Podmoskovnye Vechera" ("Evenings in Moscow Suburbs") every time the lid is lifted - apparently to put the owner in a romantic mood. A great piece of Soviet kitsch!

    $40.00 Lady's Compact "Greetings to the Participants of the Festival, Moscow, 1957", stainless steel and silvered copper. The Festival was the Sixth World Youth and Students Festival, one of the most massive propaganda events held in the USSR.

    $225.00 Moscow Kremlin silver gilt woman's compact, Leningrad Jewelry and Watch Factory; hallmark dates to either 1957 or 1967. Enameled plaque on the obverse shows a view of the Kremlin as seen from the Moskva River.

    $30.00 The building of the Ukrainian Supreme Soviet decorates a tin for an unknown product, circa 1960s. Other prominent locations in Kiev decorate the sides of this container.

    $45.00 Candy tin from Kazan in the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (within the Russian SFSR), circa 1950s, originally held hard caramel candies called "Monpans'e".

    $60.00 Svoboda Brand All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Tooth Powder Tin, 1959. Features a view of the main building of the famous VSKhV fairgrounds in Moscow.

    $59.00 Moscow Kremlin Candy Tin, circa 1960, features a view of St Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin's Savior Tower, and Red Square from the south.

    $65.00 Holiday greetings! Candy tin, circa 1950s-1960s. Typical item sold at candy counters for giving to friends and relatives at holiday time. Nice view of the Kremlin walls and the Moscow skyline with one of Stalin's skyscrapers added for good measure.

    $120.00 Tin from the famous Red October confectionery factory in Moscow, pre-1946. Located just across the Moskva River from the Kremlin, the factory frequently filled the entire area around Red Square with the aroma of chocolate!

    $75.00 All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Keepsake or Souvenir Box, circa mid-1950s. Features a view of the main building of the VSKhV fairgrounds in Moscow (later it became the famous VDNKh). Made of a bakelite type of plastic.

    $69.00 Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy or ВДНХ (VDNKh) Keepsake or Souvenir Box, circa 1959. Features a view of the main building of the VDNKh fairgrounds in Moscow.

    $115.00 Stalin Birthplace Shrine Sewing Box, Tbilisi-made, bone-colored plastic box, circa 1950.

    $45.00 Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) holiday souvenir or keepsake box, circa 1950s. Made of a sturdy bakelite type of white plastic.

    $45.00 Cigarette case in chromed steel featuring an Angler with a Fish, circa 1960s-70s. In very good to excellent condition. This can be a nice gift to an outdoorsman.

    $110.00 Silver-plated cigarette case featuring Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and a verse from his famous ode to Decemberist rebels. A very artfully done piece in excellent condition. The silver plating is so well preserved that it creates an impression of solid silver.

    $90.00 Executive Desk Clock by Majak, a 1960s model made in the second half of the 70s. Heavy, well made, and attractive, this piece is perfect for placing on either a desk, bookcase, or mantelpiece. In very good working condition.

    $75.00 "The Red Army Sings!" a recording of the Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble; "Latest Selected 12 Songs", six 78 rpm 10" records, produced in NYC during the 1940s from master recordings cut in the Soviet Union. Complete in original album.

    $120.00 XXV Party Congress Commemorative podstakanniki, attractive metal tea glass holders, circa 1976 limited edition, a set of two with "deluxe" glass inserts. Design features the massive Palace of Congresses inside Moscow Kremlin. Great for display next to the family samovar. Made of Melchior, a high quality "nickel silver" alloy.

    $40.00 A pair of souvenir Volgograd podstakanniki, two teacup holders featuring Stalingrad's post WW2 name in English, Spanish, German, and Russian. Sturdy anodized aluminum construction. Circa 1970s-80s.

    $19.00 Space exploration podstakannik celebrate the concept of a Soviet "Cosmos" by showing rockets, stars and planets. Sturdy aluminum construction with original, official Soviet era price of 1 ruble 70 kopecks stamped on the bottom. Circa 1960s.

    $40.00 Heavy duty 1/4 liter Soviet Beer or kvas Mugs, set of two. Handy size. Kvas is a fermented brew made from bread, popular for centuries in Russia, and perfect for quenching your thirst if you lived in a country without access to Coke or Pepsi!

    $95.00 Rooster Cruet Set in Porcelain, Gorodnitsa, circa 1962. A handsome pair, perfect for brightening a kitchen shelf. Very good to excellent condition.

    $60.00 Physical Culture Is Health! This is the Only Way! one of many posters over the decades urging Soviet citizens to refrain from drink, 1988.

    $25.00 A pair of Outer Space "Cosmos"-themed tablespoon /serving spoons. Stainless steel, circa 1960s-1970s. Each is 8 1/8" long.

    $60.00 Cast Iron Pressing Iron circa 1920s-1930s made by the "GPK" Factory in the city of Krivoi Rog in the Ukraine. Hinged top opens to allow a housewife or a tailor to insert hot coals. 7 1/8" tall, 4" wide, 7 3/4" long.

    $80.00 Cast Iron Pressing Iron circa 1920s-1930s made by the Kasimov Factory in the RSFSR. Hinged top opens to allow a housewife or a tailor to insert hot coals. 7" tall, 4" wide, 7 3/4" long.

    $250.00 Porcelain Ashtray "Soccer", Dulevo Porcelain Factory, dated 1959. This extremely uncommon "Soviet Ambience" item from the period of the "Khrushchev Thaw" appears to be a throwback to much earlier era. In excellent condition.

    $240.00 Suvorov Military School of MVD Troops Mess Hall Porcelain Dinner Bowl, Pervomaisk, 9 1/4" in diameter, 2 " deep, circa 1946 - 1950. Excellent condition.

    $925.00 Harvest, Collective Farmer / Peasant Girl pen and pencil holder, Lomonosov (LFZ), circa 1950s, very uncommon and hard to locate porcelain figurine of a young woman standing on the edge of a wheat field at harvest time. The perfect embodiment of Socialist Realism! Excellent condition.

    To see a wide selection of the porcelain figurines once found in homes and offices all over the Soviet Union, please visit the Soviet Porcelain section of our website.

    $49.00 Rooster and Snail Porcelain Vase (or pen and pencil holder), Gorodnitsa Porcelain Factory, 1962-1970, perfect item for a country kitchen! 5 5/8" tall.

    $55.00 Rooster and Snail Porcelain Vase or Pencil Holder, Gorodnitsa, 1950-62, perfect decoration for your home in the country! 7 3/4" tall. Excellent condition. Ideal for keeping track of artists' brushes, too.

    $35.00 "Fish", a delightful holder for smaller kitchen utensils (wooden spoons, whisks, etc.) that evokes memories of all those talking fish in Russian folk tales, Korosten, circa 1955-1962. Alternatively: the perfect pen & pencil holder for a fisherman!

    $75.00 Young Pushkin composing poetry at a table, Lomonosov (LFZ), circa 1950s, a delightful porcelain figurine of Russia's foremost poet. Very good condition.

    $295.00 Attractive Cast iron Kasli statuette depicting a decorated Red Army soldier returning home to his daughter at the end of WW 2. Dated 1986.

    For more of the popular metal figurines and busts frequently seen in Soviet homes, particularly sculptures with military, space, or even political themes, please visit the Soviet Statuettes & Busts in Metal section of our website.

    $90.00 Bust of Maxim Gorky, dated 1981, a likeness of the writer as a young man - before the Revolution changed everything and turned him into a major Communist cultural icon.

    $125.00 Sergei Yesenin (1895 - 1925), Large 8" tall bust in Silumin alloy, dated 1980. One of the most famous Russian lyrical poets of the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. Wrote his final poem with his own blood when he committed suicide in a room in Leningrad's Angleterre hotel...

    $170.00 The Girl With an Oar, circa 1930s, one of several statues or statuettes done on a similar theme to exhort Soviet citizens to exercise and be healthy.

    $3.00 Young Pioneer Membership tie or kerchief (galstuk). Unissued example with a 1990 manufacturer's tag still attached.

    $45.00 Young Pioneer Parade Belt, circa mid to late 1980s. The organization included almost all kids from 9 to 14 years, and was a steppingstone on the way to becoming a Komsomol member.

    $49.00 First Place Pennant for Tourist Camp Decoration, 22 & 23 May 1982. Artificial silk. 14" x 24", sleeve at the top for inserting a display rod

    To see a large selection of the pennants and flags once awarded to Soviet citizens, please visit the Military, Propaganda and Awards Flags section of our website.

    $240.00 40th Anniversary of the Victory over Germany 1985 Souvenir Veteran's Medal & Order Storage Box, with artist rendering of the Order of Victory on the lid, two storage areas - one for wartime medals and badges, another to hold an order booklet and award certificates.


       
     
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