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January 13, 2022, 11:01

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V.E. and E.N. Morozov with guests during a tea party. 1880s. Main Archive of Moscow

Among the exhibits are dishes from the famous Morozov dynasty and a crystal jug of Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee.

On the eve of the old New Year in the virtual museum “Moscow – with care for history” Main archive shows tableware collection, which is kept in the funds of famous citizens. Now Muscovites can see the personal services of Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU, dishes from the Morozov dynasty, USSR Minister of Health Maria Kovrigina, members of the Gunst family and many others. The virtual exhibition presents tableware made in the period from the first half of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century.

“The Old New Year is not celebrated on such a large scale as the official date, but it still remains a joyful event and one of the reasons to meet with relatives and friends. In honor of the holiday, we decided to share with the visitors of our virtual museum a collection of tableware, which we managed to collect in the archive thanks to famous citizens who made a great contribution to the life of the city. Now you can see more than 100 types of tableware online: sets, cutlery, jugs and decanters, trays and decorative dishes, sugar bowls, tea sets and much more. All these items served more than one generation of Muscovites, and, most likely, they witnessed many holidays, ”the press service of the Main Archive of Moscow said.

A gift from Mikhail Gorbachev and a brush for sweeping crumbs off the table

The virtual exhibition presents two sets of tableware, which are kept in the personal fund of Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU. One of the sets – a crystal jug and two glasses – was a gift from Mikhail Gorbachev for his 70th birthday.

Another exhibit of the exposition is a tea pair of the Minister of Health of the USSR Maria Kovrigina: a saucer and a cup. She brought them from the GDR, where she participated in the International Congress of Women. The objects were made at the Meissen Porcelain Factory in 1950.

Muscovites can also see tableware from the personal collection of Vadim Borisovsky, the founder of the Soviet school of playing the viola, and his wife Alexandra de Lazari. This is a plate of the end of the 19th century with the image of flowers, a faceted glass decanter of the same period and a cheese board from the first half of the 19th century. The collection also includes an unusual kitchen set: a scoop and a brush for sweeping crumbs off the table.

Morozov’s teapot and Gunstov’s kvass

Among the exhibits was a teapot, which came to the archive from representatives of the Morozov dynasty, a well-known family of entrepreneurs. The gilded teapot, painted with glaze, was made of porcelain in the 1830s at the A.T. Safonov.

In general, the Morozov Foundation stores the materials of Vikula Morozov, the son of the creator of the dynasty Savva Morozov, his family and descendants: letters, diaries, photographs, clothes, household items and much more.

At the virtual exhibition, Muscovites will see the dishes of the Gunst family, famous Muscovites. According to the project of the architect Anatoly Gunst, they built the mansion of one of the largest Moscow philanthropists Alexandra Konshina (now the Central House of Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Visitors to the exposition can see a glass fermenter of the late 19th century and a decorative plate, which was made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the factory of the M.S. Kuznetsov in Tver.

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