Armenian Harpie Porcelain Wine Pitcher Vintage, Yerevan Faience Factory, Armenian Soviet Porcelain, Armenian Wine Jug
Vintage Armenian wine harpie, a woman face with the lower body of a bird jug/pitcher made of porcelain/ceramic in 1950/60 from the Yerevan faience factory during the soviet era. FZ Yerevan ca. 1950s - 1960s mark.
In Greek and Roman mythology, Harpies were spirits of storm winds, and also known as the hounds of Zeus, sent to snatch people and objects from earth. They figure in stories about the Argonauts and in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Height 25cm – 9.84in
Initially there was a small ceramic workshop at the Yerevan cement factory. But in 1947/48 the Yerevan faience factory was created and organized on the basis of the workshop. At first the factory used German shapes and forms.
Only in the end of the 40s the painters came to the factory, these were painter and sculpter R. L. Simonjan (series “Armenian dancing” was her work during 1948-1949) and sculptor-ceramist Vagan Teruni (since 1953 was the floor manager of artistic workshop).
In the 60s new generation of creators came to the factory, among them were D Babajan and A. Chakmakchjan. In 1976 the workshop, which had manufactured figurine, was closed and in 1988 the factory ceased to exist totally.
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