Imperial & Lomonosov Porcelain
The Imperial Porcelain Factory (IPM) is a producer of high-quality ceramics in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1744 by order of Empress Elizabeth (r. 1741-1762) to establish a “native trade and native art” for Russia. The IPM brand rose to prosperity during the "Golden Age" of Catherine the Great (r. 1762-1796) supported porcelain-making as part of her efforts to bring art and culture to Russian society, which included the establishment of the Hermitage Museum in 1764. Many today refer to the IPM factory and its products by the Soviet name it held from 1925 - 2005: Lomonosov Porcelain, and the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory.