Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

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Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

Post by Clarehelen on June 26th 2018, 8:05 am

Hello again,

Here is another of my yard sale finds. A quite unusual figure of a little black boy holding a ball. It is nicely modelled and glazed with a semi-matte black glaze.
The base is marked 2210 over 11. It hollow and made out of terracotta coloured clay. I think it dates to the 1950s/50s and may be German??
It stands 7.5" tall.
Has anyone got any thoughts about who may have made it?
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Re: Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

Post by NaomiM on June 26th 2018, 11:10 am

Zell maybe?

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Post by philpot on June 26th 2018, 2:55 pm

This type of figure is a bit of a minefield nowadays. It evokes 'Sambo' and 'Picanninny' (both words which can be highly offensive) derogatory black racial stereotype figurines which are now quite a hot potato.
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Re: Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

Post by Clarehelen on June 26th 2018, 5:08 pm

Hello, I did consider Zell because the glaze looks quite similar, but having looked through all the pieces I can find by them, there is noting similar, so I'm not sure.
I know figures of this type are a bit emotive, but I still think its quite an attractive piece.
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Post by NaomiM on June 26th 2018, 7:27 pm

I think itís lovely. Itís not a character like the cartoonish US watermelon eating figurines so I donít think the negative connotations apply here.

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Post by brin mcardle on June 26th 2018, 10:05 pm

I really cant see how anybody would think its a racial stereotype..although it is a trifle odd..has a slightly uneasy feel to it
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Post by Clarehelen on June 26th 2018, 11:37 pm

Yes, I know exactly what you mean - a little bit too voyeuristic for today's tastes maybe?
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Post by brin mcardle on June 27th 2018, 6:27 pm

Exactly,,but never the less Striking
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Re: Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

Post by designdigger on June 28th 2018, 2:31 pm

hi
I think it is Gmundner Keramik, Austria.
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Re: Black Boy Figurine - Gmundner Keramik, Austria.

Post by Clarehelen on June 28th 2018, 10:25 pm

Hi designdigger - thanks for that. Having looked at Gmundner this figure is usually attributed to them, so mystery solved. Thanks so much!
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Post by designdigger on June 29th 2018, 11:10 am

you're welcome
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on June 29th 2018, 9:19 pm

I have a question. Gmunder Keramik is an old factory and I have a few pieces - so is this 30s/40s? or 50s/60s? 70s?



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Post by NaomiM on June 29th 2018, 9:21 pm

I would assume later based on the colour of the football

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Post by Clarehelen on June 30th 2018, 4:07 pm

Yes I think later - maybe 1950s/60s
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