The pancake vendor: a porcelain figure, Gardner Porcelain Factory, Verbilki, circa 1820s

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The pancake vendor: a porcelain figure, Gardner Porcelain Factory, Verbilki, circa 1820s depicting a pancake vendor in traditional dress, holding a pancake box in his right hand, wearing a black hat, a patterned smock, striped trousers and traditional peasant bast shoes, on a green square base with a gilt edge, with blue painted and impressed factory marks on the base height 19 cm, 7½in. CATALOGUE NOTE Around 1820, the always innovative Gardner Manufactory introduced a new series based on the illustrations in the recently published journal The Magic Lantern (Volshebnyi fonar), the first Russian serial using lithographs for illustrations. The Magic Lantern was unique in combining scenes of "typical" persons encountered on the streets of St Petersburg with an extended text imagining their conversations. The pancake vendor appeared here as a character new to the city from the countryside. A comparable piece is found in The Gardner Factory: Porcelain in Russia, 18th-19th Centuries, St Petersburg, 2003, p. 102.