Founded in 1775 by Frantz Heinrich Muller (1738-1820), the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, later became Royal Copenhagen. For over two centuries, Royal Copenhagen has supplied homes in Denmark and Internationally with art and design of the highest quality.
This fantastic figurine of a Faun with a goat is pattern #498. The legs, tail and hair of the Faun is a medium gray with definite tan highlights, while the remainder of his body a pale flesh tone. The faun is seated on a soft, gray, grassy mound facing a young, white goat, eye-to-eye, as the goat climbs upon the leg of the faun. The figurine measures 5" in height and rests on a round base measuring 4 1/8' across. The base is surrounded by an interwoven, looping white ribbon design against a medium tan background. The top of the base is incised 'Chr' for Christian Thomsen. Stamped in green with the Crown and "Royal Copenhagen Denmark" over three cobalt blue wavy lines and the initials of the decorator. The mark is not sharp and therefore a date identifying mark can not be found. I would assume it is in the range of 1955-1965 as the other figurines from this collection fall into that era. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; mint condition and scarce.
The piece was originally sculptured in 1906 by Christian Thomsen (1860-1921), who was employed by the Royal Copenhagen Company from 1898 until his death in 1921. He modeled over 100 figurines in addition to numerous vases and over 36 Christmas and Commemorative Plaques during his career with Royal Copenhagen.
The Faun is a half-human, half-goat (a man with a goat's ears, tail, legs and horns) manifestation of forest and animal spirits that would help or hinder humans at whim. They are often associated with the Satyrs in Greek Mythology
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