Tsar Bear is based on original art by Gero Trauth. It is the 1st plate from the first series of six plates titled Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia and was issued in 1986-1987 by Heinrich Porzellan, a subsidiary of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, Germany. Plate is in new condition in the original, but slightly worn, box with COA and additional information. 8½" (21 cm) in diameter. The most popular plate in the series. 1 only.
Born in Silesia (Poland) in 1942, Gero Trauth studied Arts, Graphics and Design at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. From 1984-1997 he maintained a successful partnership with Villeroy&Boch/Heinrich–Porzellan in Selb. He has a wonderful sense of style and color and the black background of each plate makes the artwork stand out. Trauth has his own website and a Wikipedia page as well.