What I am in love with about this cup is the gold colour against the rich rich cobalt blue. As mentioned above this cup is made in the USSR period, interesting facts to know is that the company that produces these porcelains are previously known as Imperial Porcelain Factory (IPF), whose major client was— the Romanovs!( I can see Anastasia sipping tea from her teacup) After the revolution, the company changed their name to follow its owner Mikhail Lomonosov, and changed their style of decorating porcelain to mainly creating cobalt blue with gold decor, this is what makes the brand iconic. but then in 2005, the company changed back their name to IPF. This company witnessed the change of history, from imperialism to communism.