We have a whimsical vintage porcelain tableau figurine of a cherub, or 'putto' butting heads -- quite literally -- with a goat! Standing 5-1/2" in height on a base that measures 5-1/4" by 2-1/2", this charming vintage porcelain figurine was produced by The Gerold & Co., Tettau, Bavaria. Gerold & Company was a lesser-known manufacturer of fine Bavarian porcelain, and we can tell from the mark on this lovely vintage porcelain figurine that it was manufactured between 1937 and 1948. The details on this vintage porcelain figurine are so finely executed that you can make out the nails on the cherub's fingers and toes (never mind that our cherub is also anatomically specific, but the predeliction of certain, shall we say 'teutonic' porcelain manufacturers for portraying naked children /cherubs frolicking with goats, ducks and the like is a topic for another day). All jests aside, this vintage porcelain figurine is both impish and exquisite -- view our photographs, please! Aside from a tiny fleabite at the rear on the very bottom of the vintage porcelain figurine, this confection is in mint condition -- there are no breaks, cracks or repairs. The cherub's 10 fingers, which are splayed out at the moment of impact, are miraculously pristine and intact, as are the legs, tail and ears of the goat! This vintage porcelain figurine was treasured by its prior owner, and it is seeking a new home where it will be equally well cared for. After all, at 70 years of age, it deserves to be treated with a bit of care!
BRIEF HISTORY: Gerold porzellan has a relatively short history, at least as compared with Meissen or even Limoges, but it produced a large quantity of products (10,000+) in a relatively short time, and employed some highly skilled artisans whose skills rivalled those at Nymphenburg and Meissen. From 1937 to 1960 it was known as The Gerold & Company, Tettau, Bavaria. Then, in 1960, the name was changed to Porcelain Factory Gerold & Company. In 1993, the business came under new ownership and the name was changed to New Porcelain Company, Ltd. Sadly, the new owners destroyed many of the old Tettau molds. The operation has since ceased to be a viable business, but the facility in Tettau is now a museum and is open for tours.