Russian shawl border
A Uniquely Two-Sided Shawl
This distinctive, fully reversible shawl border was handwoven in Russia in the early nineteenth century to be part of a Kashmir-style shawl. It was woven such that the intricate floral design is identical on both sides of the fabric. Kashmir shawls were essential fashion accessories for stylish women of means in nineteenth-century Europe. Initially imported...
Cup with shallow bowl on raised foot, loop handle. Painted in interior of bowl with woman dressed in peasant costume, spinning with distaff; stylized border upper edge, thin gilded bands top and bottom edge of outside. Saucer round, slightly raised towards edges; painted with matching stylized border around center, two thin gilded bands bordering.
Porcelain for Everyone?
In 1918, amidst raging civil war and biting famine, Russia’s fledgling communist government was determined to communicate its values to a massive, largely illiterate and rural public.  It found one of many vehicles in an equally massive propaganda campaign. The government mobilized artists from across Russia to create images in a vast array of media....