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In 1752 Afanasy Abramovich Goncharov built a hammer factory. In 1853 the business was converted into a Pesochnya Faience Factory by Sergei Ivanovich Maltsev. Circa 100 employees started ceramic production already in 1853. 

In 1899 the factory was leased to M.S. Kuznetsov partnership and since 1911 it was fully owned by M.S. Kuznetsov. New owner increased the production volume 5 times.

The factory produced tableware as well as jugs, trays, ashtrays, candlesticks and flower vases. In 1909 the factory also started producing sanitary ceramics. They were known for paying special attention to decorating faience and porcelain as well as for the highest quality.

The Kirov factory was nationalized in February 1919. In the 1920s and 1930s many works of propaganda faience were created. Until 1936 it operated as Pesochnya Faience Factory. In 1937 in turn it was named Kirov Factory of Constructional Faience. In 1983 the word faience was exchanged for porcelain.

Second half of the XX century was marked by the works of the ceramic artist Yevgeny Sergeevich Nikitin (1929-1992), who worked for the factory for forty five years. 

In 1994 a newly created subsidiary began production of items based on forms from Kuznetsov's faience of the early 20th century. In 2003, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary. On this occasion, a production line of ceramic tiles was launched.

Kirov mark
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Kirov Faience Factory 1937 - 1939 mark

USSR mark
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Kirov USSR 1943 - 1957 mark

Kirovskiy mark
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Kirovskiy ZSF 1964 - 1965 mark

RSFSR mark
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RSFSR Kirovskiy Z-d 1957 - 1964

Kuznetsov mark
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Kuznetsov Porcelain (KF) 1992 - 1994 mark used on replicas

Pesochnya mark
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Pesochnya faience 1924 - 1930 mark

Kuznetsov mark
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Kuznetsov Pesochnya factory 1899 - 1919 mark

Triangle mark
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Pesochenskaya factory 1921 - 1927 triangle mark

Swan mark
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KSF swan 1967 -1991 mark

Pesochenskaya mark
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Pesochenskaya Faience Factory 1932 - 1936 mark

Maltsov mark
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Maltsov factory 1894 - 1899 mark

Maltsev mark
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Maltsev factory 1894 - 1899 impressed mark

Maltsov mark
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Maltsov Pesochnya AD 1894 - 1899 mark

KU mark
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Maltsov factory impressed Pesochnya KU 1885 - 1894 mark

 
 
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