Rare figural face Folk Art piece, porcelain teapot and lid beautifully handcrafted and painted, signed by renowned artist Irina Zaytceva. Original work of art, 1999. Approximate size: 12.5" high x 15" at widest point. Irina Zaytceva was born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the prestigious Moscow Art Institute in 1982 with a B.A. and M.F.A. in book illustration. Having illustrated a number of children's books, Irina found that her love for sculpting offered a wider range of expressing her artistic views. Porcelain had a particular attraction for her for all its historical importance, as well as the finer grain it offered as opposed to other ceramics. Irina developed several unique techniques never been used before, setting fewer limits to her creativity. Her ceramic sculptures can be seen in numerous museums in the United States as well as abroad, most notably at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. All of Irina's works are created using high fire porcelain, with over glaze as well as under glaze.