Soviet Lomonosov Factory porcelain figure of a bather, Leningrad, circa 1923-1930 with blue LFZ Cyrillic mark. Modeled by Alexander T. Matveev, 1923. Figure seated on a pink draped plinth, holding a large yellow-lined green basin in her lap, wearing a green spotted headscarf, on a flat black painted oval base. Measures 5 3/4" tall. Good condition.
This figure is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt / Smithsonian Museum, object. No. 18632929, and may be viewed online.
In the 1920's, Sergei Chekhonin, Head of the Art Section of the State Porcelain Manufactory, worked with the sculptor Alexander T. Matveev (1878-1960) to produce six small figures of nude women in porcelain prior to casting them in bronze. For further discussion and an illustrated example, see Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics, Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927, p. 102, fig. 108.
Art Deco Russian Soviet Lomonosov Factory Porcelain Figure of a Nude Bather