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Antique German Porcelain Figure of Street Trader

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Antique German Porcelain Figure of Street Trader
This hand painted decorative figure was made between 1886-1894 in what is now called the "Oldest Volkstedt Manufactory".[59A] It has the blue under glaze mark of Triebner, Ens and Eckert, mold# 51 , which was operated in Volkstedt, Thuringia, Germany starting in 1877.[7B] (see photo) The subject of itinerant trades people was a rich source for popular dramas, like Shakespeare; for the visual arts, particularly print making; and by the 18th Century, for decorative figures, such as Meissen's copies of street trade engravings.[69C] Our 19th Century porcelain statue models these earlier 18th Century street trader art objects, but its hand painted decorations,particularly flower painting, are typical of later 19th C. fine details of the famed Volkstedt-type cabinet specimens.[32D] Our figure is a girl selling ballads which later developed into pamphlets of current events. She carries one in her right hand and a sac full around her waist. Notice the sac and pamphlet, along with her bib and shawl are painted with gold. The finest Volkstedt art work is depicted in tendrils, flowers and leaves on her apron.(see photos) Similar fine hand painting can be observed on 1880's Volkstedt figures in references.[39E] This cabinet figure does exhibit some older 18th Century Meissen street trader elements, such as the black shoes with gold buckles, the bonnet, as well as other plain dress elements and the plain painted base.[69F] One final point that exemplifies fine German porcelain modeling are the petite flower groups held in the hand, in the bonnet band and tucked above the decolletage, as can be found in similar era figurines.[39G] The piece has old restorations. References available upon request. Size: ~ 7 1/2" H x 3" x 3"; Weight: ~ 347 grams; Hardness: 7 on Mohs scale

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