Iosif Chaikov is best known as a monumental sculptor whose works decorated Moscow's Gorky Park and the Soviet Pavilions at the international expositions in Paris in 1937 and New York in 1939. It is less well known that he played a significant role in revitalising Soviet artistic faience. Very soon after the 1917 Revolution, Sergei Chekhonin, Natalia Danko, and others created a new Soviet type of porcelain - both figures and tableware. Faience had to wait until 1934, when a group of important artists including Iosif Chaikov, Isidor Frikh-Khar, Vladimir Favorskii, Sarra Lebedeva, and Maria Kholodnaia began work at the newly organized experimental artistic workshop at the Konakovo Faience Factory. (Founded in 1809, the factory had been part of the Kuznetsov ceramics empire; in 1924 it was renamed in honor of Mikhail Kalinin.) The Deep Sea Diver (Epronovets) was among one of Chaikov's most successful designs for Konakovo.
скульптор И.М. Чайков, 1934-1935 гг.,
подглазурная полихромная роспись;
высота - 30 см
A monumentally proportioned deep sea diver holding a model of a ship in his hands, with stamped factory mark
Height 12 in. 30.5 cm