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Hammer, Sickle, Cog, Floral Border Plate, 1918

This is a plate. It was designed by Sergei Vasilievich Chekhonin and manufactured by State Porcelain Factory. It is dated 1918 and we acquired it in 1989. Its medium is enameled and gilt porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

With the nationalization of Russian porcelain factories after 1917, plates decorated with revolutionary mottos were produced to promote the ideals of the new state. The hammer and sickle is a Communist symbol conceived during the Russian Revolution, with the hammer standing for industrial laborers and the sickle standing for the agrarian peasantry. When placed together, they stand for the worker-peasant alliance for socialism.

This object was donated by Ludmilla Shapiro and Henry Shapiro. It is credited The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 3.5 x 24.3 cm (1 3/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: Imperial Porcelain Factory mark obscured by green enamel oval; hammer, sickle, cog "1920" hand-painted in blue overglaze

Cite this object as

Hammer, Sickle, Cog, Floral Border Plate, 1918; Designed by Sergei Vasilievich Chekhonin (Russian, 1878 - 1936); enameled and gilt porcelain; H x diam.: 3.5 x 24.3 cm (1 3/8 x 9 9/16 in.); The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds; 1989-41-11

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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