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.

  • Portrait of Lenin Plate
  • enameled, gilt porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-53
  • Red Cavalry Plate
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-49
  • Young Soldier and Girl Plate
  • enameled porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-46
  • Kirghiz Boy with Falcon Figure
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-223
  • Red Army Border Guard Figure
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-167
  • Portrait of Stalin Plate
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-38
  • Hops Plate
  • porcelain, enamel, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-35
  • Medallions Plate
  • porcelain, glaze, gilding.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-34
  • RSFSR Plate
  • porcelain, enamel.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-24
  • Sailor with a Banner Figure
  • enameled and gilt porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-140