Antique German KPM porcelain plaque of The Three Fates

By KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763)

£55,000

This exceptional porcelain plaque is significant for its exquisite hand painted scene, which exemplifies the skillful naturalism of Scherf's work.

 

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Description

Painted by Louis Scherf (German, 1870-1955), after the painting by F. P. Thumann (German, 1834-1908).

The Three Fates, also known as the Moirai, are mythological goddesses from Ancient Greece. Comprising Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho, they controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. In this famous composition Atropos, the oldest of the three women, is depicted sitting on the left of the painting. In her right hand she holds a pair of scissors cutting the thread of human life. Lachesis, on the right, is measuring the thread of life and Clotho, represented as youthful beauty, is spinning the thread.

Signed to the lower right 'L. Scherf nach P. Thumann'; the reverse with KPM sceptre mark, and inscribed 'K.P.M. 381 - 538' and further stamped with letters and signs.

Plaque: Height 53cm, width 39.5cm
Frame: Height 87cm, width 75cm, depth 9cm

Details

Artist / Maker
By KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763)
Country of Origin
German
Date of Manufacture
c. 1908
Period
Early 20th Century
Style
Classical, Mythological
Material
Porcelain
Colour
Gold, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
87 cm / 34.3 inches
Width
75 cm / 29.5 inches
Depth
9 cm / 3.5 inches

Reference:
012736

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