"Soviet Porcelain [Volume 3]" I Nasonova & S Nasonov, 2008, Moscow, Russian text. Cloth bound hard cover w/dust jacket and integral silk bookmark, small format (6" x 8 ¼" pages), 372pp, full color photographs.
This is the third volume of a four volume series about the myriad number of porcelain figures that were manufactured in the former Soviet Union. Together, the four volumes comprise the most comprehensive reference on this topic ever written. Individually, volumes one through three focus on a select number of the most popular themes that repeatedly inspired Soviet artists from 1918 to 1991. The themes explored in Volume Three are:
Defending the Motherland (На страже Родины)
Soviet Sport (Советский спорт)
Hunting and Fishing (Охота и рыбалка)
Folk Tales (В гостях у сказки)
Happy Childhood / School Years (Счастливое детство. Школьные годы).
Bookends, library sculptures (Фарфоровая скульптура для домашней библиотеки)
Volume Three presents further biographical details about major ceramic sculptors as well as biographies of sculptors who somehow missed appearing in Volumes One and Two. There is an accounting of every exhibition of Soviet porcelain exhibition presented anywhere between 1919 and 1940. Each of the pieces illustrated are identified by sculptor and manufacturer; not only are they dated as to when they were created but, if the version shown in the photo dates from a later time frame, it is also specified.