Ebeling & Reuss Co. Importer - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1886 to 1988). The company imported porcelain, earthenware, and ironstone from several Bohemian, Czechoslovakian factories and other European countries, including toys, dinnerware, and gift items. In 1886 Theodore Reuss and Frederick Ebeling, both of whom emigrated the USA from Germany as teenagers, became partners with Jef Zeh who had a glassware and china firm. The company was known as Zeh, Ebeling & Reuss Co. Zeh withdrew from the company in 1900 and it was then known as, Ebeling & Reuss Co. and was moved to Devon, Pennsylvania. It's import volume peaked in the 1940's and 1950's era. The company remained in the Ebeling & Reuss families until 1988 when the company went bankrupt.
This wonderful figurine, pattern number 2651 B, depicts a chariot being pulled by two adult goats. Seated in the chariot is a partially nude woman holding what appears to be a golden wine glass in her right hand, a bunch of grapes in the left and her hair adorned with clusters of grapes. There are additional bunches of ripe grapes lying on the ground. Standing beside the goats is a young partially nude child playing a stringed instrument. It gives the feeling this is part of a parade in celebration of the annual grape harvest and subsequent wine production. The color pallet is soft pastel shades of tan, blue, pink, green, purple and flesh-tones with gold high-lights on the white porcelain figurine. The glaze is a combination of semi and high-gloss finishes. The oval base measures 8" in length, 3" in width and the figure measures 7 3/4" in height. The gold stamp "ER - 1886 - Erphila - Germany"; there are no definite dates known for this mark but is probably from the 1920-mid 1950 period. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Lovely.