Round wall plaque with sculptured profile of Lenin, late
1940s - mid-1950s.
Made in brass and white porcelain, this is a very high
quality piece. Measures 125 mm (approx. 5 inches) in
diameter. This limited edition piece was produced at the
Soviet state mint and is so marked on the reverse in Russian
(it reads "Monetnyi Dvor" or literally "Mint" and shows the
50000 circulation number). On the reverse near the top,
there is a provision for hanging it on the wall.
The original image for this plaque was created by the
acclaimed Soviet artist Nikolay Sokolov, winner of as many
as five Stalin Prize awards. His name is shown on the
undercut of the shoulder. Famous for his renditions of Lenin
and Stalin, he was actually best known for his graphics,
especially propaganda cartoon drawings he made during WW2 as
a member of famous Kukryniksy team. Among other things,
Sokolov also designed a similar plaque with bas relief of
Stalin which can be a nice companion piece for the Lenin
In outstanding, excellent condition. Probably never polished
- virtually all of the original gilding seems to be still
present, partly covered by light patina that adds character.
The portrait is tightly attached to the plaque, not loose to
the touch as is sometimes the case. The white enamel has
acquired attractive age toning, has not yellowed or
darkened, and is completely free of hairlines, chips or
significant scratches. The reverse is in near mint
condition, with beautifully preserved gilt finish, although
the hanger shows evidence that the plaque was once put on
the wall for display.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.