A large, distinguished vase, a personal gift for Josef Stalin, Meissen, dated 1952
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DescriptionWhite, glazed porcelain, burnished gold, fine, hand-painted sporting motifs in four cartouches, the painted coat of arms of the Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik (Sport and Technology Association) of the German Democratic Republic. The artist Kurt Schulze. A gold dedication in German and Russian reads (tr.) "To our best friend Generalissimus Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin on the occasion of his 73rd birthday, 21 December 1952". The underglaze blue crossed swords mark stamped in the base. Several chips on the lower gold rim, otherwise in good condition. Height 65 cm, diameter 39 cm.
Includes a written statement with a detailed description of the vase from Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH, confirming that Meissen Porcelain Manufactory was commissioned to produce the vase in December 1952 by the Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik. By all accounts, Generalmajor Arno Berthold and Erich Honecker, Chairman of Free German Youth (FDJ) at the time, were chosen to present the vase to Stalin in Moscow; ambassador Rudolf Appelt also attended. The birthday present was in fact given to the secretary of the Politburo of the Central Committee as Stalin was staying in his dacha in Kuntsevo for reasons of ill-health. The vase remained in Kuntsevo for an extended period, before being passed on to his family.
A magnificent collector's item, extremely rare find.
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