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Made by: Semen Fedorovich Shchedrin

On view in: Second Floor Hallway

About this object

The volute crater vase is made from a fine, white earthenware commonly known as creamware. Transfer-printed scenes in black glaze decorate large circular reserves framed with a band of copper luster glaze on each side of the body of the vase. The first is as a view of St. Petersburg’s Tauride Palace engraved by Ivan Cheskii after a painting by Semen Shchedrin. On the reverse is an Italianate, pastoral landscape with figures. The central figure, a young man seated sideways on a saddled horse, looks down at and gestures to his female companion, who has her back to the viewer. To his left is a large hunting or herding dog who accompanies the pair. In the distant background at left is a figure of man driving a fully-loaded hay cart and the entire scene is framed at left and right with two large, leafy trees. Most of the neck, handles, and the vegetal ornament encircling the bottom half of the body is decorated with a copper-colored luster glaze layered over a transparent eggplant colored glaze; fan-shaped ornament on the handles is picked out with a deep navy glaze. This glaze highlights the tips of pseudo-Egyptian floral forms set between the flamboyant vegetal forms about the lower half of the body. Around the top of the vase body is classical, scrolling ornament painted in the copper luster glaze. The majority of the body is decorated with a net pattern rendered in the navy glaze and evenly ornamented with small dots of the copper luster glaze. There are two bands of eggplant colored glaze painted around the center and base of the vase, without the additional layer of copper luster glaze that appears on the vase’s neck and handles.

Object name:
Made from:
Glazed earthenware
Made in:
Kiev, Ukraine
Date made:
ca. 1830
38.1 × 24.8 × 19.1 cm (15 × 9 3/4 × 7 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Object Genres
Signature marks:
inscription [Cyrillic] KIEV". Stamped in paste on underside of foot. This mark was used at the Kiev-Mezhigorsk factory in the 1820s and 1830s, most often before 1833. inscription 4. Impressed in paste on underside of foot, below factory mark.
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2005
Featured in publication:
"Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007"