Dienstag, 7. Februar 2012


Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – 27 August 1576) known as Titian or in Germany as Tizian was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. One of his masterpieces is the painting "GIRL WITH A BASKET OF FRUITS" (completion date: 1558). The girl in the painting probably portrays Titan’s beloved daughter LAVINIA. There is a dispute amongst art experts as some of them think that the lady was is not his daughter, but his mistress, or just a beautiful young Italian lady. The painting hangs in the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.

The photo shows four different half doll renditions of LAVINIA. Three of the dolls are originating from A.W.Fr. Kister. The lady in the right lower corner was made by Galluba & Hofmann. In difference to the Kister half doll ladies is base of the Galluba half doll left unglazed. The Kister half dolls are unmarked, whilst the Galluba is marked with an incised 9392. In my opinion are the “Kisters” a "touch" better done. However, the Galluba is harder to be found.  ALL of the dolls are made in excellent quality with baskets opulently filled with fruits and flowers. Particularly interesting is the position of the baskets and the fingers which varies from doll to doll. Thus, every of these half doll ladies is "one of a kind".

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