Representing Autumn, this lovely bisque cherub is from UCAGCO's Four Seasons Collection. Measuring approximately 6" tall, and 2-3/4" across at the widest part of the UCAGCO China Vintage Occupied Japan Bisque Four Seasons Cherub Autumn Figurine's base, this cherub is in excellent vintage condition. Painted in vibrant greens and harvest colors, the boyish cherub wears a breech cloth made of green floral. The vintage 'Rubenesque' cherub stands amidst a field of blossoming flowers and a bountiful harvest. The base of the UCAGCO China Vintage Occupied Japan Bisque Four Seasons Cherub Winter Figurine is ornately detailed and embellished with gold paint.
The maker's mark UCAGCO CHINA MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN was used by UCAGCO during the occupation of Japan between 1945 - 1952.
UCAGCO stands for United China and Glass Company. Based in New Orleans and New York, UCAGCO was primarily a distributor of dinnerware and glassware, in addition to many Japanese china patterns during the early 1950's. Dating back to 1850, UCAGCO was founded by Abe Mayer and originally called Abe Mayer & Co. Abe Mayer imported and conducted business throughout the Southeast U.S., as well as Central and South America. It wasn't until the 1930s that the company took on the official trademark of UCAGCO and began expanding overseas. After WWII, the company's agent in Japan, S.A. Stolaroff signed the very first contract allowing imports from Japan. A talented ceramic designer himself, Stolaroff worked alongside many Japanese potteries to lead the company's line of ceramics. In 1956, UCAGCO was sold to Sammons Enterprises and in 1962, Stolaroff, who had become the company's president, retired.