Orangutan (Орангутанг). Orangutans are intelligent great apes that can be found most of the time in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They have proportionally long arms and short legs and their hair is reddish-brown. This piece is 7½" x 5" and was hand painted at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory and marked with the factory backstamp.
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.