In 1989, Cooper Hewitt acquired the Ludmilla and Henry Shapiro Collection of Soviet Porcelains. The Shapiros were news correspondents for the Western Press in Moscow between 1933 and 1973. Their porcelain collection opens a fascinating window onto the life, culture, and politics of the Soviet Union from the Bolshevik Revolution until the mid-1980s.

  • Swords Into Plowshares Plate
  • enameled and gilt porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-50
  • Folk Motifs Ewer And Stopper
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-101-a,b
  • Scene of Outer Space Plate
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-43
  • Woman with Headdress Pitcher
  • gilt and enameled porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-102
  • Dish
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • Gift of Ludmilla Shapiro.
  • 1993-13-4
  • Bust of Marx Plaque
  • porcelain (bisque).
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-179
  • Sun and Moon Flask
  • gilt and enameled porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-70
  • Man with Apron Figure
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-241
  • Vasily Kachalov Figure
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-175
  • Bust of Leo Tolstoy Figure
  • porcelain (bisque).
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-238
  • Red Army Cavalryman Plate
  • enameled, gilt and glazed porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-44
  • The Family Plate
  • earthenware, glaze.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-54
  • 1921 Plate
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-21
  • Telephone Talk Figure
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-222
  • Bust of Lenin Figure
  • porcelain (bisque).
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-207
  • Crescent Moon Vase
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-103
  • Two Student Sailors Figure
  • enameled porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-195
  • Aeroflot 1923-1963 Mug
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-110