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The Imperial Porcelain Factory entered a period of prosperity under patronage of Catherine the Great. The factory mainly served the needs of the
court and, at the order of the empress, created unique pieces to be given as gifts to foreign dignitaries, favorites, and courtiers.
Beginning in 1779, the chief modeler of the Imperial Porcelain factory, Jean Dominique Rachette (1744–1809), extended the scope of the factory
production by creating a series of figures in porcelain. Rachette's workshop was responsible for the first series of figures known as the People of
Russia. The series was inspired by the book of the famous ethnographer and traveler Johann Gottlieb Georghi entitled "A Description of All the
Peoples Inhabiting the Russian State". Work on the series continued from 1780 until 1804.