Type of sourcephoto album “Gzhel. Ceramics of the 18th–19th Centuries. Ceramics of the 20th Century”
Author(s) T. Astrakhantseva, T. Dulkina, N. Grigorieva
Semifaience of Gzhel pitchers was as near-white as faience and china, shape and decoration were not copied. The decor on early Gzhel semifaience pitcher one may still encounter browns. One specific element of the semifaience pitcher should necessarily be noted, namely the spout, the vessel’s sole geometrized element. Triangular, it was ever “humanized” by introducing eyes in order to accentuate the nose-like shape, an observation made by noted Russian folk arts and handicrafts scholar Alexander Saltykov, who was the first to really research the history and manufacture of Gzhel ceramics.