The webpage of the still existing "Saxon porcelain manufactory of Carl Thieme zu Potschappel-Dresden" reads :
"The manufactory was founded in 1872 and is still keeping alive the long tradition of European porcelain art. Few skilful shapers and painters are manufacturing delicate porcelain items purely by hand."
Please read more at : http://www.dresden-porcelain.com/manufaktur/geschichte.html"In the 19th century, there were many porcelain painters in Saxony who did their job at home and brought many new impulses to the traditional porcelain art. They creatively decorated white porcelain bought somewhere else. One of them, Carl Thieme, decided to manufacture his own white pieces. For this reason, he founded the today’s Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Potschappel in the year 1872. On September 17th 1872 he began with the production of decorative porcelain and man-made porcelain. A broken wall bracket was registered as very first model."
The German firm of Carl Thieme produced a series of very fine half dolls, some of them with a lavishly done "Dresden flowers" decoration. The half dolls are generally unmarked. The book "The Half-Dolls with related items, makers and values, Vol. 3" written and published by Shona & Marc Lorrin, features an original old (1920s/1930s) catalogue page from Carl Thieme factory. These half doll books (Vol. 1-7) are truly a valuable source for collectors.
The half dolls are portraying Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, (16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842), who was a French painter, and is recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century. The painting is known as "self-portait in a straw hat", done in 1782. Size of the dolls: 12 cm and 14 cm (4.75" and 5.5") in height, feathers included.
The painting shows Élisabeth of France (1764-1794) and was done by Vigée Le Brun in 1782. Élisabeth of France was known as Madame Élisabeth and was the youngest sister of Louis XVI and the sister-in-law of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Madame Élisabeth was guillotined, just like her relatives. Size: 12 cm (4.75") in height (the yellow hat of my doll is chipped!)
This half doll portays Princesse Lamballe (1749-1792, born Marie Louise of Savoy), a close friend and lady in waiting of French Queen Marie-Antoinette.
This half doll by Carl Thieme copies a figurine designed in about 1760 by Franz Anton Bustelli, who worked for renown German porcelain manufacturer NYMPHENBURG. The "Thieme lady" carries a basket filled with flowers. Size: 10.5 cm (4.1") in height
This Carl Thieme half doll obviously copies an early MEISSEN (full)figurine. The Meissen lady is holding a pug dog (known as: Dame vom Mops-Orden). The Thieme half doll lady carries a basket opulently filled with hand-formed "Dresden" flowers.
A lovely Carl Thieme half doll lady holding a fan and a flower, size: 10.5 cm (4.1")
..... and two more of Carl Thieme`s beauties, height: 12 cm (4.75")
This is an exceptional large Carl Thieme half doll. The doll shows an amazingly fine molding and painting, a superb and scarce half doll. The doll measures: 19 cm (7.5") in height.