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Post by Beege on November 11th 2019, 3:41 pm

Good afternoon all.
This little porcelain figurine is only 5" (13cm) tall, including his pedestal. The colours are wonderfully bright and the details are precise (you can even see the makers fingerprints in the blue leggings). He has a great expression on his face.
Sadly, he has been broken and at some time in the past his right leg has been reattached.
The markings on the base really amount to numbers, so I'm at a bit of a loss how to identify the maker. There are three numbers: 1795, 41 (this might be 4T) and 51 (or 59) written in dark green.
Can anybody please help me identify the style or maker?
Thank you.
Jack

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Post by denbydump on November 11th 2019, 3:52 pm

Almost certainly German/Austrian, but with no other marks it's difficult.
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Post by Beege on November 11th 2019, 4:14 pm

Thank you for the quick response denbydump.
Can I assume the German/Austrian suggestion is based upon the style of dress (especially the headwear)?
I'll have a 'rummage' on the net for prominent German/Austrian makers.
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Post by denbydump on November 11th 2019, 10:17 pm

No, the numbers. Ubiquitous German.
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Post by RonaldKeith on November 13th 2019, 5:19 pm

I would say probably German as well judging by the numbers. Ernst Bohne have used similar but I am not sure it is by them, especially if you can see the fingerprints. Could it be a figure that is meant to represent a Commedia dell'arte character?
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Post by Beege on November 13th 2019, 8:37 pm

That's a good question RonaldKeith...I also thought that, but so far I have been unable to find a similar example. The hump made me think of Punch, but he is purely an English character. The details on this figurine are wonderful.
I confess I'm struggling with this as I am not very familiar with German figurines. I need to educate myself a little.
Would it be wildly naive to consider the 1795 as a date?
Thank you for the observations.
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Post by RonaldKeith on November 13th 2019, 9:07 pm

I would be surprised if it was a date mark, more likely a shape number. I still think it is Pulcinella from the Commedia dell'arte, but I could be wrong. If I were to hazard a guess at age, I would say late 19th century.
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Post by Beege on November 14th 2019, 7:33 am

Thanks RonaldKeith.
Though most examples have him wearing a mask, the Pulchinella suggestion is a good one and I tend to agree. I need to keep searching for examples of this type of detailed work.
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