The exhibition "The Imperial Kiev-Mezhigorsky faience factory.

The exhibition "The Imperial Kiev-Mezhigorsky faience factory. To the 220th anniversary of creation "

August 30 - October 28, 2018


The faience exhibition of the Imperial Kiev-Mezhigorsky Plant from the collection of the Kuskovo Museum-Estate is timed to the 220th anniversary of its creation and for the first time presents the products of the first enterprise in the Russian Empire for the production of fine faience.

Among the Russian museum collections, the collection of the Mezhigorsk faience of the Kuskovo Museum-Estate is one of the best: it contains rare items that belonged to famous owners, and it is very diverse in composition of objects. This allows you to open all the stages of production of Russian fine faience, to show the features of this ceramic material. The exhibition presents the faience of 1814-1857, in a variety of works which reflects the most successful period of the enterprise.

At the exhibition, products made on the orders of the Russian Imperial House (items of service for the Babolovsky Pavilion in Tsarskoye Selo) and custom sets of famous noble families (plates from the set of MI Platov, plates with views of the Georgian AA Arakcheev estate) are of particular interest. . The images on the products are given in the technique of printed design, which was developed by the masters of the plant and first used in the Russian ceramic industry. Vivid examples of the plant’s achievements are a plate and a vase with the image of “Chinese scenes”, products with literary, historical (military) and genre scenes, as well as a plate and a cup from Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Guipure tea service, which was made of blue (color) faience with a small embossed floral ornament.

The imperial Kiev-Mezhigorsky faience factory has become an important phenomenon in Russian life. Its products served as a model for other private enterprises: the Gardner, Auerbach, Poskochin, Terekhov and Kiselev factories in Gzhel.

The elegance of fine mezhigorsky faience attracted collectors in the late XIX century. Subsequently, these items entered the museum collections. The acquisition continues now: a vase with a Chinese plot, made in 1840, is one of the latest acquisitions of the museum.