Majolica Pony Figure. Ponies and horses have always been popular in the applied arts. This form appears somewhat often in blue and white Gzhel but is uncommon in majolica. An interesting note is how the artist has allowed some of the red clay to seep out from the glaze to add highlights to the man and tail. Hand decorated in natural clay earth pigments of brown, blue, green leaf, sienna, umber and ochre. Painting on all sides. Signed by the artist. Gzhel, circa 1991. 4" x 5". 1 only, as shown. A bit of crazing on the underside of the legs from the production process.
Refer to the reference book Gzhel: Ceramics 18th-19th-20th Centuries. Moscow: Planeta, 1989. pp. 176-78. More information on the book here.