The Wallendorf porcelain factory is one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in the German region of Thuringen. It was founded in 1761 by Johann Wolfgang Hammann. The factory started out making porcelain tea sets, coffee sets, tobacco boxes and pipe bowls and after 1772 they also started making popular porcelain figures. Around 1833 the factory was sold to different owners like Hutschenreuther, Kampfe & Heubach and Schaubach. Between 1919 - 1926 the owner was porcelain factory Fraureuth. After Fraureuth went bankrupt, the former director of the factory Heinz Schaubach founded the successful Wallendorf-Schaubach-Kunst. After World War II, the factory was located in East Germany and the factory was nationalized in 1953. After 1989, the factory at Wallendorf was reopened and Wallendorf porcelain was made again, using the historical molds.
This lovely figurine, Pattern #1318, is a seated ballerina adjusting her slippers, is one of a series of ballerina figurines that the Wallendorf Company was famous for creating. Her high-glaze gown is a gorgeous pearl gray/blue shade, which matches the bow in her light blond hair. Lovely skin-tones accent her blue eyes, rosy flush cheeks and did I mention legs to die for. The stylish slippers, arm band and bracelet are polished gold. Created in several sizes. this is a larger one measuring 8" in height and 7 1/2" across the widest portion of her skirt. Stamped with the Wallendorf Company mark, circa 1950's. No exact date is known for when this version was used by Schaubach, but is was the prototype of the later used crowned 'W' mark, circa 1958-1962. Note the 1763, not 1764. There are no cracks chips or repairs. Lovely,