Rooster Cruet Set in porcelain, Gorodnitsa Porcelain Factory, circa 1962.
The larger rooster is 10 5/8" (270mm) tall with a 4 1/8" (105mm) base and the smaller bird is 7 1/8" (180mm) in height with a 3" (77mm) base. The larger has the Gorodnitsa trademark used from the 1950s to 1962 while the smaller has the 1962-1970 Gorodnitsa mark. Since the two came to us as a pair, we think that they were likely purchased together in the early 1960s when the changeover in the two trademarks was occurring.
Since the removeable heads do not have airtight fits, we doubt that they were used for long term storage of liquids. Like old time decanters, they were probably filled and used as serving pieces on an "as-needed" basis, spending most of their existence safely displayed on a bright kitchen window ledge...
Very good to excellent condition. Both show some minimal wear to the separately applied gold highlighting/tracery. The larger of the two has two small areas on his tail where the slip did not cover completely when he was being made; interestingly, the factory artists still finished decorating and firing the figure anyway. The small areas are not detractive.
/trademarks are #148 and #149 in Volume One of "Marks on Soviet Porcelain, Faience, and Majolica, 1917-1991" /