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Large Festive Dish

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Gzhel painting on the finest porcelain is an old traditional and honorable craft. The porcelain enjoys far-reaching popularity both in Russia and far beyond it, with many art lovers and connoisseurs yearning to get one or two precious pieces for their collections. Bunches of flowers, picturesque landscapes, the wealth of animal and plant life, images of people, diverse patterns are popular painting motifs. Blue on white a la-russe is represented by different products. These are magnificent figurines and statuettes, vases, chandeliers, clocks, lamps, coffee and dinner sets.

Historically, Gzhel is the name of the region close to Moscow which includes 27 villages. The region gave the name to a famous craft, due to presence of porcelain clay, perfectly suitable for pottery production, and a school of artists promoting unique painting techniques. The manufacturing process is multistage and time-consuming. First, a gypsum mould of the future product is made. Next, liquid porcelain mass is poured into the prepared mould. After the porcelain hardens and takes the form of the mould, the firing is performed. The products are painted with cobalt with the help of a squirrel brush. A special technique is used, when each successive stroke is different from the previous one and has a wide range from deep and dark tones to light and bright ones.

Distinctive features of Gzhel dishes are decorative, elegant, aesthetic and functional execution and a variety of forms. The center of a dish usually has a floral picture or a rustic scene. Along with traditional elements of painting, twisting tendrils, spiraling curls, dotted and dashed mesh, simple geometric ornaments are used. Our store offers a varied assortment of Gzhel dishes. Such a dish will be a great kitchen decoration and a generous gift to foreign friends or relatives.

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