A balalaika player and woman with her child and drunken husband: two porcelain figures, Gardner Porcelain Factory, Verbilki, circa 1820s

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A balalaika player and woman with her child and drunken husband: two porcelain figures, Gardner Porcelain Factory, Verbilki, circa 1820s the balalaika player realistically modelled, wearing a light blue traditional Russian shirt with dark blue spots, a red belt, brown trousers, high black boots and black top hat, , standing in front of a tree stump, on a rectangular base painted like grass, inscribed on the base with red overglazed factory mark and impressed with the number 13, the second figural group a woman in a purple skirt and yellow head scarf holding her baby and one of her husbands boots in one hand and holding her husband up by the arm, who wears a brown overcoat, white traditional Russian shirt, black top hat and only one black boot, on a semi-circular base painted like grass, inscribed on the base with red factory mark and red number 49, impressed with the number 3 height of each 21.5cm, 8½in. (2)