Lovely and beautiful, rare antique neoclassical porcelain figural group by KPM/Germany. Featuring neoclassical scene (a sitting man, woman, a dog, and cherub).
The group appears to feature Selene - goddess of moon (based on crescent in her hair). According to the myth Selene fell in love with Endymion, but he was put into eternal sleep by Zeus - Endymion chose an everlasting sleep in which he might remain youthful forever. The second figure in a group resembles a sleeping youthful man. The figural group is in good overall condition, but unfortunately not without some damage: chip on the rim (on the stand), some of the arrows and weapons (woman figure) broken, a part of cherubs hand is missing, small part of one of the plants/flowers is chipped off, small scab on the mans food. Despite these imperfections, the group shows very well.
It is marked on the underside with the KPM mark dating to mid late 1800s. There is writing on the bottom, the note points to the year of 1870. KPM is an acronym for Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin, which translates to Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin. The company was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia, who bought the factory from its previous owner, Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, in the wake of its bankruptcy. Frederick II greatly admired the factorys white gold, a type of porcelain so fine and translucent that it closely mirrored the high-quality porcelain made in China.
The item "Antique C19th KPM Porcelain Neoclassical Figural Group/Figurine" is in sale since Thursday, February 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Figurines". The seller is "alexandrasgallerycollection" and is located in Arlington, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.