The German porcelain manufacturer Vinogradoff Porzellan has released this colourful series of eleven plates with motifs of various Russian legends. These plates were also the first collector plates from Russia and with the famous miniature paintings on black lacquer, the success was almost guaranteed in advance. Vinogradoff porcelain plates are surrounded by a golden edge of 18 carat gold and the motifs are conducted with sixteen bright colours.
Vinogradoff Porzellan plates with Russian legends
The first Vinogradoff "Russian legend" plate shows Roslan and Ludmilla - after a great party Ludmilla, the Duke of Kiev's daughter, was kidnapped and the brave knight Ruslan comes to her rescue. He must battle the evil Chernomor, who is flying outside of his reach and blinds him with his white beard. It succeeds, however, Ruslan to shoot the beard of Chernomor and thereby deprive him of his evil forces. Ruslan and Ludmilla are subsequently married and live happily ever after. The story is interpreted on Vinogradoffs first plate as we see Roslan on his horse in the foreground and Chernomor flying over him with the white beard flapping behind him. In the centre and background is Chernomors impressive castle where Ludmilla was held captive and we see her in the middle of the picture. The motif is also impressive because of its many and strong colours. The castle is decorated in red, orange and yellow colours and shrubs and trees are surrounding it.
The second porcelain plate in the series with Russian legends and folk-tales shows the Princess and the seven hunters. The tale is based on the Brother Grimm's fairy tale, which we know as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Russian interpretation of the story is more or less the same as we know it, it is merely the czars instead of kings and hunters instead of dwarves.
The other plates in the series shows the folk-tales of the golden cockerel, Lukomorja (the place where the fight against good and evil takes place), the fisherman and the enchanted fish, Tsar Saltan, the priest and his servant Balda, Sadko, The twelve months and Silver Hooves.