Three Tea Sets by Yevgueny Smirnov “Into the Space” (1961);“Windows of Moscow” (1972); “Sea” (1972) Made at the Dmitovsky Porcelain Factory Patriotism and lyrics of the Soviet era brought to life in ordinary domestic tea sets. These tea sets are part of the thematic porcelain created in the second half of the 20th century. Back then, the artists were still in the search of scenes, which would depict daily life. Tea set “Into the Space” One of the certain topics in 1961 was Gagarin's space flight, which marked the start of the space age – tea set “Into the Space”. The red Soviet rocket flies across the dark space, leaving a golden trail behind it. We can see beautiful cups and saucers in a constructivist form: golden spheres of planets, arcs left by flying about spacecraft, free-flowing “aerodynamic” form of items. Three years later, in 1964, a similar symbol of a flying rocket was used in the monument “To the Conquerors of Space” in the Alley of Cosmonauts near Moscow's exhibition centre VDNKh. The author of the idea, who won the competition, is a different artist, A. P. Faidysh-Krandievsky. Monument “To the Conquerors of Space” in Alley of Cosmonauts near VDNKh 50u15pec7a70r Tea set “Windows of Moscow” The artist used the same technique of combining black and white in the “Windows of Moscow” tea set. This “evening” tea set with the images of new buildings was made as if for hearty tea drinking by Soviet proletariat at the end of the work day. The large-scale Moscow construction sites were selected as the theme for this tea set. What we see here is how the buildings are erected, how the cranes work and how the typical Soviet high rise apartment building reach the sky from the broad avenues at their feet. The author did not give-up on his established habit and used broad golden stripes in his work. Such original contours gave the items the richness and exquisiteness that one expects from such tea sets. Tea set “Sea” “Sea” is a jolly and lyrical tea set. Its bright components are decorated with typical sailor centric images. Still, the same golden, broad “Smirnov” style stripe and red star create the look of the Soviet Naval flag and also the look of the sea with a blue breeze, snow white collars and black sailor caps. reference: The name of Yevgeny Smirnov is one of the most revered in the history of Dmitrovsky Porcelain Factory. The “Verbilki Porcelain” (named after the settlement, where it is located) was the first Russian private porcelain factory. Founded in the 18th century by an Englishman, Gardner, it soon became a mark of quality for other Russian factories. After the 1917 revolution, the factory was nationalized and renamed as “Dmitrovsky Porcelain Factory.” The Verbilki artists regained their prior fame, when they started using the new Soviet shapes. During this time, new generation of artists grew into masters, to whom Smirnov belonged. In 1939 he headed the artistic collective at the factory, participated in all-union and foreign exhibitions and for his outstanding works he received the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.