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A large and important KPM porcelain plaque of the three Fates
c. 1908 Germany
Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
The three Fates, Atropos, Clotho and Lachesis are finely polychrome painted. Atropos, the oldest of the three women, is sitting on the left of the painting. In her right hand she holds a pair of scissors cutting the life thread of humans. Lachesis, on the right, is measuring it and Clotho, represented as youthful beauty, is spinning it. After a painting by F.P. Thumann.
Within a giltwood frame.
Height of plaque 53cm, width 39.5cm, height of frame 87cm, width 75cm, depth 9cm.
The Royal Porcelain Manufacture Berlin (KPM) was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great). Its actual origins, however, lie in three private enterprises, which, under crown patronage, were trying to establish the production of white gold (porcelain) in Berlin from the mid-18th century onwards.
Louis Scherf (1870 - 1955) was an outstanding master in painting on porcelain. More than 80 of his porcelain plaques are part of the internationally renowned porcelain collection of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.