Exhibition complex of the State Hermitage

The State Hermitage Museum took over the unique museum collection of the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in February 2001. The IPM museum was established in 1844 by decree of Nicholas I as a repository of art pieces worth exploring and replicating. Its unique collection illustrating the 270-years’ history of the first porcelain manufactory in Russia numbers over 30 thousand displays, including imperial porcelain and glass and Soviet attributes. No other museum in the world can boast of historical and cultural artifacts of similar value. Pursuant to the order of Alexander III, the manufactory started replicating the porcelain made for the imperial family in the late 19th century to keep a copy in the museum. This tradition continued in the Soviet period, from 1920s till the last decade of the 20th century. The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory and its museum is a unique place where the history and culture of Russia has been embodied in porcelain for almost three centuries.

The items of the Guryevsky service, 1809

Sculpture, Ballet dancer T. Karsavina, 1913

Chess set “Red and White”, 1922

Semi-cup, Shape of K. Malevich, 1923