"Panther Meissen Porcelain By Erich Oehme"Animal figure representing a panther standing on its hind legs, performing its toilet. Model created in 1921.
The artist was inspired around 1920 by a lounging cat. This model was very popular, with collectors appreciating its dynamic appearance. This panther is both dangerous and unpredictable - ready to pounce at any moment - and at the same time she embodies a certain elegance and timeless beauty.
In Meissen porcelain, known as “China White”.
Mark of crossed swords on the reverse. Signed on the terrace "E. Oehme". Numbered 78734-223.
Height: 17 cm.
Width: 14 cm.
Depth: 11.5 cm.
Weight: 710 g.
Erich Oehme (1898-1970):
Erich Oehme was one of the most important German sculptors of the 20th century. He was known for his expressive animal sculptures.
He was trained between 1905 and 1908 by the sculptor Friedrich Burghardt, and he also attended evening classes at the School of Applied Arts in Dresden. He also studied animal anatomy with Wilhelm Ellenberger at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Dresden. After World War I, Oehme was a master's student at the Dresden Academy from where he graduated in 1920. He attended anatomy lectures with Hermann Dittrich.
From 1909 to 1911 he traveled to Berlin and Italy. The following year, he worked for the Nymphenburg porcelain factory, then for the porcelain factory of Meissen. In 1936, Oehme passed from the status of auxiliary modeler to that of artistic director of the design office. The artist also worked with Bóttger sandstone and he designed medals. In 1944 Oehme was dismissed from his post. In 1948 he became the artistic director of VVB Keramik Erfurt. Porcelain sculptures based on his designs were produced by porcelain makers Volkstedt and Lichte.