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Depicting The Peoples of Russia in Porcelain


Pavel Kamensky’s foray into ethnography

Friday, June 1st, 2012

5:30 PM, lecture
6:30 PM, Q&A, and reception

Grolier Club, Morris Room
47 East 60th Street, 
New York, NY

Between 1907 and 1917 the Imperial Porcelain Factory worked on producing a large sculptural series of The Peoples of Russia. This ethnographic collection comprised 146 male and female figures in festive national costumes from different regions of the empire. Dr. Khmelnitskaya will speak about the fascinating history of this series and the people it depicts.

The models were produced by the sculptor Pavel Kamensky (1858-1923) on the basis of material from the Ethnographic Department of the Russian Museum of Alexander III and the Emperor Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. All of these are now in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum. Other artists and craftsmen who took part in the creation of the series were Pavel Shmakov, Ivan Zotov, Anatoly Lukin, Andrei Dietrich, Maria Gertsak and Liudmila Midina. 
Dr. Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya is curator of the Russian Porcelain and Ceramics collection of the State Hermitage Museum. Author of numerous scholarly publications, she has helped curate over twenty Hermitage exhibitions, among them international ones and has been an invited presenter at the International Ceramic Fair and Seminar (London), the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Florence); Biblioteca Hertziana (Rome) and elsewhere. She is currently in the US for a six month stay as a Fulbright Fellow, at the Library of Congress and the Hoover Institution, Stanford.

Dr. Khmelnitskaya’s book, together with French scholar Wilfred Zeisler, “Chronique ceramique” de l’Alliance Franco-Russe, published in Russian and French in 2010 will also be available for sale.

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