KPM Porcelain Portrait Plaque of Clotho After Paul Thumann
This KPM plaque from the late 19th to early 20th century depicts Clotho, after the original oil painting of by Paul Thumann (German, 1834-1908). She is wearing diaphanous drapery and spinning the thread of life. In the painting by Thumann she was flanked by her seated companions, Lachtsis, as a young woman holding a sprig of bay and flowers, and the aged Atropos, holding sheers in preparation to cut the thread. (In Greek mythology Clotho was one of the Three Fates or Moirae. Her Roman equivalent is Nona. In addition to spinning the thread of human life, she also made major decisions such as when a person was born, thus in effect controlling people's lives. This power enabled her not only to choose who was born, but also to decide when gods or mortals were to be saved or put to death.) The plaque was recently professionally framed. We have not removed the plaque for inspection and are selling the item "as-is". Condition is excellent. There are no visible cracks or signs of restoration. Frame measures 11.2 by 10.2 by 1 in, and the portion of the plaque exposed under matte measures 3.6 by 5.6 in.