Ceramic tea cup made by Lomonosov Farfor Zavod ( "Lomonosov Porcelain Factory) This factory was set up by the Russsian royal family exclusively for its use. The cup has the LFZ mark on the bottom and is based on the art of gzhel pottery which originated from the settlements southeast of Moscow along Gzhelka River. Today this well-known design of blue ornaments on white background is one of Russia's cultural gems. Gzhel evolved from pottery to the famous blue-patterned fine porcelain known for its makers' exquisite taste and excellence in craftsmanship. This example features a modern twist on the design incorporating the Kremlin and Saint Isaac's Cathedral.