More then 260 years the history of Imperial Porcelain Manufacture was closely related to the history of Russia. All factory products are truly unique and are exhibited in many museums and private collections, featuring as "hot bid" items in the most prestigious auctions of the world.
Imperial Porcelain Manufacture is a unique factory in Russia producing premium class product, having a personal style and ready to compete with the oldest European manufactures.
Lomonosov Porcelain Factory was founded in 1744 in Saint Ptersburg under the will of Elizabeth Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great. It became thus the first porcelain manufactory in Russia and the third in Europe.
It is here that a talented Russian scientist Dmitry Vinogradov (1720–1758) discovered the secret of fabricating “while gold”. For the first time in ceramic history he put together a scientific description of porcelain manufacturing, close to the most recent notions in ceramic chemistry. Porcelain, created by Dmitry Vinogradov, in its quality was not inferior to the Saxon, and its body prepared out of the local raw materials approached Chinese. During the first years, the Nevsky Porcelain Manufactory produced small items, mostly snuff-boxes for the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, that she in her turn gave to her confidants and sent out as diplomatic gifts. Since 1756, when Vinogradov succeeded to construct a big kiln, items of a bigger size began to be produced. It is at this period that the first dinner set, “Own”, was created, it belonged to the Empress personally.
Since 1750s, porcelain “dolls” – figurines of people and animals started to be produced. In spite of an increase in porcelain manufacturing, the pieces still were adorable only for a limited circle of the confidants. In 17th century, porcelain was possessed by prestige, in special reserves, alongside with the precious items, and only decades later it began to lay tables.
The end of 18th century was the period of golden age for Russian porcelain, and the Imperial Manufactory became one of the leading in Europe. The peak of glory of the Imperial Manufactory was put up by the luxurious service ensembles ordered by Catherine II— «Arabesque», «Yacht» , «Cabinet», that count up to one thousand pieces. The tabletop sculpture decorations were put into the center of the ensembles, they glorified the acts of the empress. Allegorical painting also glorified the virtues of Catherine and depicted events of her reign. Upon empress’ approval there was a series of figurines “Peoples of Russia” manufactured, (approximately 100 figurines). It was further completed by the types of Petersburg industrials, craftsmen and street merchants. A wide range of vases were manufactured. Painting went in harmony with the shape, outlining the whiteness of porcelain and a warm color of shining glaze.
Factory continued to work through monarchy time and through years of Soviet Union. Staged reconstruction of the oldest factory in the country, introduction of new devices and technologies of porcelain production, allowed a considerable increase and variety of output. For the first time in Russia, the technology of bone china was invented in the factory, and industrial output of this egg-shell, snow-white and translucent porcelain began.
At the present time the factory is producing more then 4000 products of different form and decor. Which includes tea, coffee, and dinning sets, separate tableware pieces, souvenirs, sculptures, decorative dishes and many more. All of which are made from hard, soft and bone porcelain. Products are decorated with hand drawn and mechanized painting in rare colors and precious metals.