A Timeless Design
The all time favorite Russian porcelain is the famous 'Cobalt Net', designed and produced by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory (former Lomonosov Porcelain Factory) is one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded by order of Empress Elizabeth in 1744 (20 years before the Hermitage Museum!).
The Cobalt Net blue and white design was created in the late 1940s, soon after the Siege of Leningrad, possibly inspired by a 18th century tea service belonging to the Empress.
Traditional Manufacturing Methods
The 'Cobalt Net' is still produced by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, using the original techniques, coupling deep underglaze cobalt with bright overglaze gold.
One tea cup requires over 80 manufacturing operations. The cobalt blue decor is painted on the unglazed surface of the tea cup. A fine paintbrush is used for the crossing lines of the net. With a larger paintbrush, the 'drops' are painted at the intersections.
An Elegant Touch To The Dinner Table
Today, the Russian Cobalt Net tea set is sought after by many design amateurs and tea ware collectors, for a chic afternoon tea or to elegantly finish a dinner.
Photos The Roaming Chair.
The Roaming Chair is an official distributor of the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory.