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 darling figurine, Pattern #1368/1, which was produced in different sizes with slight variations, portrays a young nude boy playfully butting heads with a young goat. The blue-eyed, blond, curly haired child is decorated in a flesh-tone matt glaze. The snow-white goat is decorated with gold hooves, eyes and dots for horns with a high glaze finish as is the sculptured white, gold trimmed base. Designed by Kurt Steiner (1904-1970), a former teacher at the prestigious drawing school in Lichte. The base measures 6 1/4" in length, 2 1/4" in width and the figure is 4 3/4" in height. 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. Adorable art figure.