Lomonosov Porcelain "My Garden" Dessert Plate

Collectible handpainted dessert plate in the lovely "My Garden" pattern.

Seven inches in diameter, decorated with 22K gold.

Complements both the tea cup & saucer set and the coffee cup & saucer set listed separately.

A short history of the famous Lomonosov factory:

The first Russian porcelain factory was founded in 1744 by Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great and is still situated along the river Neva banks in St. Petersburg. Russian scientist Dmitry Vinogradov independently discovered the secret of making porcelain and developed the technology for its manufacture. It is necessary to say that in that time secret of porcelain was known only to Chinese crafters. Only Saxon alchemist J. Bottger discovered a way to produce "European" hard paste porcelain. Peter the Great who visited European countries and followed all modern inventions was interested in the secrets of porcelain manufacture. He made an attemption to introduce it to Russia with the help of foreign crafters, but unsuccessfully. Peter I's idea to establish own porcelain production had success after his death. His daughter Empress Elizabeth (1741-1761) hired scientist Dmitry Vinogradov who used local raw materials - Gzel clays and Olonets quartz and alabaster. Credit is also to D.Vinogradov for training the first Russian master

Until the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 the factory belonged to the House of Romanov and it produced tableware and other porcelain pieces only for Russian Tsar court. Later in middle of 19 century the factory was renamed to "The Emperor's Porcelain Factory". The Factory supplied the needs of the Tsar's Court and, as compared to private porcelain works, was a small-scale production. The article produced were extremely costly and were very rarely put up for sale.

In 1925 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Sciences ithe factory was renamed after the academy's founder, Mikhail Lomonosov. Today it is called the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (abbreviation LFZ comes from factory name in Russian - Lomonosovkiy Farforoviy Zavod).

Care tips:

1. Hand wash the tableware; do not put in a dishwasher.

Porcelain items shall be rinsed with warm water with a little addition of cleaning agents. Avoid using scrubbers and hard sponges. While washing cups, hold them by the body supporting from below rather than only by handle. Avoid thorough rubbing.

Wash items with paintings and gilt with special care.

2. After you finish the washing, immediately wipe the tableware dry. It will give shine to the items and will prevent the appearance of stains.

3. Decoration with gold accents gets damaged in microwave oven.

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