Panda Cub. Elegantly modeled panda cub looks good from any angle! Note the fine quality painting on this piece! The details are fine and expressive. Finished with a smooth glaze and hand painted in the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory. USSR stamp. 3½"x 4"x 2½" x 3¼.
The panda is also known as the giant panda and is a true bear native to south central China. It has been driven out of the lowlands where it thrived but now is vulnerable to encroachment. It is sometimes refereed to as a "living fossil".
Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeller 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.