In the late 1700's Carl Linnaeus, the daddy of scientific naming (aka taxonomy), proposed the name Felis pardus for this large spotted cat. We'll spare you the 18th and 19th Century nomenclature drama and bring you to the 20th Century when the species officially became Leopard, Panthera pardus, and when this sculpture was made. Interestingly, the maker labeled the figure as Felis pardus - perhaps in honor of Linnaeus or in rebellion of the mess of ever-changing Latin names.
Vintage painted ceramic. Midcentury. Marked S with crown - the style/font is not a registered mark for any known makers. This piece was probably designed to look English, but made in Japan. In perfect condition with manufacturing flaws (painted spots do not line up with patterns from the mold). A super charming piece.
The genus Panthera ended up including five species that are still with us today: leopard, snow leopard, tiger, lion, and jaguar.
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