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Donation of the 19th-century Tea Set to the Kaniv Museum of Decorative Arts.

Donation of the 19th-century Tea Set to the Kaniv Museum of Decorative Arts.

A unique 19th-century tea set of 26 items made at the Kuznetsov Porcelain Factory  in the village of Buda, was donated to the Kaniv Decorative Art Museum by the Foundation in April 2012.

The Kaniv Decorative Art Museum received a valuable gift from Bogdan Gubsky for its 40th anniversary: a rare porcelain tea set of 26 items. The tea-set was produced sometime between 1894-1898 at the Kuznetsov Factory, in the village of Buda.

In 1887, Matviy Kuznetsov founded a factory for the production of faience crockery and porcelain  near Kharkiv. The factory produced 1,000  utensils worth 500,000 rubles annually, including porcelain worth  200,000 rubles.

The crockery was widely sold in Ukraine and southern Russia. From the beginning of the 20th century, the products of the Kuznetsov Factory were exported to the Gulf countries.

It is difficult to assess the historical value of the tea set donated to the museum as this particular set is unique in that it is the only one that has survived. 

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