Konakovo Faience Factory
Russian Konakovo faience factory has been functioning for one and a half centuries. Established in 1809 and operating until the 1970s. The founder of the company was
In 1918 the Kuznietsov factory located in the village of Kuznietsovo was nationalized. Production was restored only in 1923. A year later, the factory was named the Tver Kalinin Porcelain-Faience Factory in Kuznetsov. Since 1931 the plant has been operating as Koniakov Kalinin Faience Factory in Kalinin. In turn, since 1937, the company was called Koniakov Kalinin Faience Factory.
In the factory appeared designers I. G. Frih-Har and I.S. Efimova. Initially, their presence had little impact on the plant's assortment.
In 1930 in the factory appeared Sofya Pressman, who graduated from the faculty of ceramics. She is known for her works concerning revolutionary subjects. Four years
later in Konakovo an art laboratory was set up.
At the Great World Exposition in Paris in 1937, the factory won the Grand Prix, and several artists working for the company won gold medals for their work.
In the first years after the Second World War, dominating was a mass production based on pre-revolutionary Kuznetsov designs. In the 1950s and later it was still mass production, but projects of Konakovo artists were already being implemented.
Based on the artistic laboratory division, a Konakovo Faience company is still operating.
Former Auerbach mark dated ca. 1870, when the Auerbach factory was taken over by Kuznetsov.