Reference Books on Soviet Collectibles
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Sotheby's Auction Catalog, London, Sept. 2007. The auction that never was! The entire collection of Imperial Russian antiques & Soviet art sold to a Russian oligarch prior to the auction.
Beauty and Glory of Southern Urals, an exceptionally rare catalog of a 2008 exhibition of the best artwork of Southern Urals art factories, only 30 copies printed.
Agitation for Happiness, Soviet Art of the Stalin Era, catalog of an exhibition of the State Russian Museum, published by Edition Temmen, Bremen, Germany, 1994.
Soviet Porcelain of 1920s-1930s in Private Collections of St. Petersburg, E. Sametskaya. Russian text. Beautiful quality 349 p hard cover. The focus of the book is early masterpieces by the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (aka LFZ). Outstanding reference.
State Porcelain Factory, 1904 - 1944, T.N. Nosovich, I.P. Popova, C. 2005, St. Petersburg. Massive Russian-language 752-page hardcover, 11 ¾ "x 8 ½ "x 2" format. This monumental work encompasses 40 years of history of the premier Russian porcelain maker that is currently known as LFZ. The book contains staggering amount of information and photos, by far the best book available on the subject. Single copy in stock.
M. V. Lomonosov Leningrad Porcelain Factory, 1944 - 2004 , Nataliya Petrova, C. 2007, St. Petersburg. Massive Russian-language hardcover, 896 pp, 11 ¾ "x8 ½ "x2" format. This monumental work encompasses 60 years of history of the venerable LFZ, the most famous of all Soviet porcelain makers. The book contains staggering amount of information and photos, by far the best book available on the subject. Single copy in stock.
Lomonosov Porcelain Manufacture, St Petersburg, 1744-1994 , by Galina Agarkova and Nataliya Petrova. Large 12"x9.5" format, English-language edition from 1994, published in Switzerland. Hardcover with dust jacket, richly illustrated with high quality color photographs. A fine history and reference guide to this famous Russian porcelain manufacturer. The book has 249 pages featuring hundreds of this firm's splendid creations. Text includes a history of the firm, as well as thumbnail biographies of the artists and designers that supplied its distinctive creative artistry. Single copy available, in excellent condition.
Soviet Propaganda Porcelain E. Sametskaya, C. 2004, Moscow. Fantastic limited edition cloth bound hard cover in presentation box. Russian text, 477pp, massive work with over 800 magnificent color photos of the finest works of early Soviet Avant-Garde porcelain each of which demonstrate the distinctive 1930s style of Socialist Realism and Constructivist Art. Out of print, single copy in stock.
Soviet Porcelain. The Artistry of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, by Alla Lansere, C. 1974, Leningrad, in Russian and English. Printed in DDR, this deluxe, large format "coffee table" catalog of some of the best LFZ works. Single copy in stock, in excellent like new condition.
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. Third volume in a comprehensive series of books that thematically covers the amazing output of Soviet porcelain factories.
Soviet Porcelain [Volume 5] I. Nasonova & S. Nasonov. 2010, Moscow. Russian text. Cloth bound hard cover w/dust jacket and integral silk bookmark, small format (6" x 8 ¼" pages), 368 pp, full color photographs. Fifth volume in a comprehensive series of books that thematically covers the amazing output of Soviet porcelain factories. This volume includes very detailed biographies of the famous Soviet porcelain artists, complete with the dates of major exhibitions, publications featuring their works etc. Single copy currently in stock with a minor damage to the dust cover, otherwise in mint condition.
Soviet Porcelain in the MART (Il Museo di Arte Moderna), special 2005 issue of the Russian Artkhronika ("Art Chronicles") magazine. This rare out of print publication shows many superb early examples of Soviet propaganda art. Near mint condition.
Konakovo Majolica, by E. Bubnova, 1978 edition, Moscow.
Konakovo Faience Factory catalog commemorating the 175th anniversary of the factory. C. 1980s.
Soviet Ceramics, the Sandretti Collection of 20th Century Russian Art. Catalog of the 2004-05 Exhibition in Italy. Russian and English text. The book presents a magnificent array of Soviet propaganda and decorative porcelain and faience, including some rare early pieces by less known makers. This catalog is long out of print and is a rarity in and of itself. An outstanding resource for the collector! Single copy in stock, in near mint condition.
Gzhel Pottery 18th to 20th Centuries, RSFSR Artist Publishers, Leningrad, 1988.
Polonnoye Factory of Artistic Ceramics catalog, 1986.
Fedoskino, Nikolai Malakhov, C. 1990, Moscow. Beautifully illustrated catalog encompassing best examples of Fedoskino lacquer boxes from the early XIX C. through the late Soviet era. In Russian and English, hard cover with slip case. A scarce Soviet period publication in near mint condition.
Leningrad Glassware from Private Collection I. Nasonova & S. Nasonov, 2007, Moscow, Russian text; Russian & English captions. Hard cover, small format (6" x 8 ¼" page size) with integral silk bookmark, 127pp, many full color illustrations.
Dyatkovo Crystal, photo album with informative essays on the history of the factory since its foundation in 1790, its artists and its products. Planeta Publishers, Moscow, 1980.
Cast Iron Art, 1920 - 2009, Aleksandr Zak, C 2009, Ekaterinburg. Russian text hardcover with beautiful close up photos of over 300 examples of Soviet decorative cast iron statuettes and busts. Both main manufacturing centers, Kasli and Kusa, are amply represented. Special attention is given to the foundry marks and small distinguishing details of the figurines.
Soviet Sculpture, a political guide to Soviet sculpture for arts teachers. 1988.
Windows of the TASS, 1941 - 1945, by Victor Maslennikov. Catalog of Soviet WW2 propaganda posters. Russian text, hard cover, 127 pp.
Tula Samovar, illustrated study of the iconic Russian water boiler and tea ceremony. 1989 publication.
USSR Folded Letters [and Envelopes] of 1941-1945, Price Guide by V. Zagorskiy. In Russian, 92 pp. This catalog has over 500 color photos of WW2 era Soviet envelopes and famous "triangle" letters, all with patriotic artwork and slogans. The prices are in rubles.