Baby Zebra. Fine Lomonosov porcelain sculpted and hand painted. Approximately 3¾" x 2¾" x 3".
A baby zebra is a foal which indicates that zebras are related to horses. From the moment it is born it can stand and walk freely. It will even graze after a week though it continues to nurse much longer. Zebras are vegetarian animals and babies are miniatures of their adult versions with their long legs, big heads and ears. Their stripes are camouflage.
Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeler Pavel Veselov. The fruit of their cooperation produced unique figures that are natural and distinctive in their poses.
The Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (Ломоносовский фарфоровый завод) has had a long history, starting with its name. When founded in 1744, it carried the name Imperial Porcelain Factory (Императорский фарфоровый завод). In 1925, it became Lomonosov, named after the scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). Finally, in 2005, it came full circle and was renamed the Imperial Porcelain Factory (or Manufactory), or IPM, for short.