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276 years of Hand-Painting Traditions...

276 years of Hand-Painting Traditions...
8 October, 2020

The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory is world-famous for its sophisticated handmade painting. A wide range of articles is decorated with natural gold and engraved pictures. The majority of tableware, vases and almost all animal sculptures are underglazed. Owing to one of our most popular combinations - deep underglaze cobalt coupled with bright overglaze colour and gold, the eye-catching products of the Lomonosov Factory look especially spectacular.

The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory managed to keep  such unique technologies as cobalt covering and underglaze landscape painting that date back to the end of the XIX century.

A new casting and moulding workshop with high-technology equipment is expected to be launched in the short run. The Lomonosov Factory successfully applies advanced 3D modelling technology to accelerate mould development process and, as a result, offer you an increasing number of new products. The success of the Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory’s products is a big merit of their creators: sculptors and painters. The Factory’s creative team today includes well-known names in the world of porcelain, such as Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Arts and Distinguished Artist of Russia Inna Olevskaya, Distinguished Artists of Russia Tatyana Afanasieva, Nelya Petrova, and Galina Shulyak, artists Tatiana Chapurgina, Sergei Sokolov, Tatiana Charina and Nina Troitskaya. These names are supplemented by the names of talented young artists who continue to develop the glorious traditions of the St.Petersburg school of porcelain. Many works applied art produced at the factory are exclusive: hand-made and one-of-a-kind. The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory is world-famous for its sophisticated handmade painting. A wide range of articles is decorated with natural gold and engraved pictures. The majority of tableware, vases and almost all animal sculptures are underglazed. Owing to one of our most popular combinations - deep underglaze cobalt coupled with bright overglaze colour and gold, the eye-catching products of the Lomonosov Factory  look especially spectacular.

The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory offers about 4 000 products varying in shapes and patterns: tea, coffee and dinner sets, individual tableware, gifts and souvenirs, genre and animal sculptures, decorative dishes, plates, etc. They are made of hardpaste, soft-paste and bone porcelain.

The porcelain manufacturing process is rather complex. For example, up to 80 process steps are required to make a cup. The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory keeped the essence of the classic  porcelain technology developed by D. I. Vinogradov, the founder of Russian porcelain industry, as early as the 18th century. The ‘soft’ porcelain formula was developed at the Factory  in the early 19th century by famous chemist Nikolai Kachalov. Fine bone china is remarkable for its high degree of whiteness, delicacy, and lightness, similar by its characteristics to the renowned ancient Chinese porcelain known as ‘eggshell’. The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory  developed the egg-shell bone porcelain technology 50 years ago and was the first in Russia to release the commercial batch of articles of increased fineness and transparency.

The Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory products are decorated with hand or machine-made overglaze and underglaze painting, or a combination of these, with paints based on rare and precious metals.

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