This is a German hard paste porcelain figural group. It is unglazed, so bisque or biscuit – Parian. The piece is hallmarked on the bottom, incised or impressed, but I can’t identify the mark, so the maker is unknown. The date is circa 1880.
The piece is 7” high and the base is 5 ¼” by 4”.
The figures may be Greek or Roman, determined by the way they are dressed in robes. A lady is standing in a garden door, looking down at a seated man. He is painting a large pot or vessel. Two smaller vessels are in front of him, plain and not yet decorated. On the right side of the door is a rose vine with roses in bloom. Other details are the man’s feet rest on a small woven rug; his paint pot rests to his right on the bench.
Here are the flaws. 1) At the back bottom edge in the middle there may be a small edge chip. I can’t quite tell. It may be how the piece was made. 2) The man is holding a painting tool in his left hand; the tip may be broken. I am not certain but do note it. 3) On the rose vine, two nodules up, the porcelain is rough to the touch, so perhaps a flower or leaf was there and went missing over the decades.
I don’t see anything else potentially wrong. There is estate dust on the piece and the buyer needs to clean it.
The incised or impressed marks on the bottom are “3887” and some odd crossed lines.
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German Parian Bisque Figural Group Man Decorating Pots Vessels c 1880
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