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Lomonosov Porcelain

Lomonosov porcelain factory was founded in 1744 in Russia by Empress Elizabeth after a Russian scientist discovered the secret to making porcelain during a time when its formula was still well-guarded by Chinese crafters. Belonging to the House of Romanov, the Lomonosov factory produced tableware for the Russian Tsar court, keeping production on the smaller scale.

During the early 19th century, the factory was reconstructed and began to produce larger porcelain pieces. In 1915, with the war on the Eastern front, porcelain imports from Germany and England were suspended and the Lomonosov factory focused on producing things for the war effort, such as heat-resistant porcelain tubes. In the 1920s, the factory focused on technologically complex articles intended for technical purposes, as well as propaganda porcelain. In 1925, they won a gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition.

Today, the factory produces a variety of porcelain wares, including tea and coffee services, flower vases, sculptures, and souvenirs. While simple patterns are applied using a transfer, more complex patterns are hand painted. Items that are particularly sought-after by Lomonosov collectors include those made between 1750 and 1820, when prominent artists from the Academy of Arts designed and decorated the porcelain.


Quick Facts

  • In the 19th century, Lomonosov was renamed "The Emperor's Porcelain Factory," and then "State Porcelain Works" in 1917. It returned to its original name in 1925.
  • On their hundredth anniversary of opening, a museum representing the manufacturer's artistic evolution was opened
  • A Lomonosov Soviet Porcelain Figure, circa 1938, sold at Christie's London in June 2009 for $7, 362

Recommended Items at Auction

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LOMONOSOV (Russland) Teeservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
LOMONOSOV (Russland) Teeservice
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€2801 Bid
Lomonosov Ceramic Bear
Nov 27, 1:00 PM EST
Lomonosov Ceramic Bear
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Lomonosov coffee tea service for 6 persons, Kaffee- & Teeservice für 6 Personen,
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Lomonosov coffee tea service for 6 persons, Kaffee- & Teeservice für 6 Personen,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €300- €0
€3000 Bids
LOMONOSOV (Russland) Kaffeeservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
LOMONOSOV (Russland) Kaffeeservice
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Lomonosov Porcelain


Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG

Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Antikauktion Krefeld

Antikauktion Krefeld