Sonntag, 22. Januar 2012

OLD CATALOGUE PAGE BY AELTESTE VOLKSTEDT & HALF DOLLS

I had the chance to get an original antique catalogue page of the Älteste Volkstedter Porzellanmanufaktur (Oldest Volkstedter Porcelain Manufactory). In my opinion the catalogue page dates to about 1920 (plus/minus 10 years) and shows six of their quality half dolls.

The Älteste Volkstedter is the oldest still producing porcelain manufactory in Thuringia. The manufactory was founded in 1762.

The catalogue page shows the MOLD NUMBERS (for instance: 10425), the SIZE in which the dolls have been made in centimeter ( = cm) as well as the PRICES  for blank ware (= unpainted dolls) and painted ware (declared in the page as SAXE).




Two photos of the matching half dolls are excerpts taken from the book “THE HALF-DOLLS with related items, makers and values” by Shona & Marc Lorrin, Volume 5, who kindly granted permission to use photos from their books for my blog. One of the half dolls illustrated in this old catalogue page is not my collection and it is not to find in any of the half doll books. 




The lady in the blue lace-trimmed dress and the pink veils with outstretched arms is identified as the French dancer Marie Sallé (1707-1756).
This half doll atop of an ormolu lamp is a rendition of Maria Taglioni (1804-1884), the famous Italian/Swedish ballerina

Dienstag, 17. Januar 2012

HALF DOLLS ON FRENCH ORMOLU POWDER BOXES

THE POWDER BOX IS A COMBINATION OF A FRENCH-MADE PORCELAIN BOX (MADE AND MARKED BY LIMOGES), WHICH IS ADORNED WITH FRENCH ORMOLU FILIGREE AND A BEAUTIFUL GERMAN DRESSEL & KISTER HALF DOLL. HEIGHT IS 22 CM (8.6")

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The Ormolu embellishment, an alloy of copper and tin, is serving as a dress for the half doll lady and as an adornment for the lid of the box, which lifts off.

Ormolu lamps and scent containers were likewise decorated in France with a half doll of German or French origin as a topper. Ormolu embellishment was a speciality of the French. Not all of these half dolls assembled to Ormolu powder boxes or lamps are originating from Dressel & Kister, but from several other manufacturers (Aelteste Volkstedt, Gebr. Heubach, A.W.Fr.Kister etc. as well as from unknown French manufacturers).

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THIS ORMOLU POWDER BOX IS MARKED WITH THE BRANDMARK OF THE FRENCH MANUFACTURER SEVRES. THE HALF DOLL WAS MADE BY AN UNKNOWN FRENCH MANUFACTURER. ON THE FIRST GLANCE SHE APPEARS TO BE A GERMAN DRESSEL & KISTER HALF DOLL, BUT IS NOT. PATINA DARKENED THE ORMOLU AND ADDS CHARM TO THIS ORIGINAL ENSEMBLE. HEIGHT IS 20 CM (7.9")



Montag, 16. Januar 2012

GIRL WITH A BUTTERFLY BY HERTWIG - HALF DOLL & FIGURINE



These cute figurines were made by Hertwig of Katzhuette/Thuringia. The girl is glancing at a butterfly sitting on her hand. She was made as a full figurine and a half doll. Both figurines are made in excellent quality and with a lifelike expression (side-glancing blue eyes and chubby cheeks).  The half doll measures 11 cm (4-1/3”) in height. The full figurine is marked with the green Hertwig “cat in a house” mark, the half doll is unmarked. 
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The history of the Hertwig factory, a renowned German manufacturer of dolls and figurines, and the Hertwig brandmarks are to find at: http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/thuringia/katzhuette_1/00.php

... and another very interesting webpage on the Hertwig porcelain company by British collector David Barker at: http://www.testarea51.co.uk/wordpress/?page_id=75


Montag, 9. Januar 2012

QUEEN LOUISE OF PRUSSIA - A GERMAN QUEEN OF HEARTS




A GERMAN QUEEN OF HEARTS AND NAPOLEON`S BEAUTIFUL ENEMY 

"QUEEN LOUISE" HALF DOLL MADE BY A.W.FR. KISTER



Queen Louise of Prussia (1776-1810) was best known for her breathtaking beauty united with dignity and generosity, and for being a passionate opponent of the French Revolution as well as a declared enemy of Napoleon Bonaparte. Her courage and dedication made her one of Prussia's most beloved leaders.
 
For a short time after Louise's arrival in Prussia there was a slight swelling of the upper part of her neck, which she concealed by a gauze scarf, so becoming that soon every fashionable lady in Berlin was swathed to the chin.

The old b/w postcard shows Queen Louise and the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Louise and her husband King Frederick William III of Prussia were forced to meet with Napoleon in person at Tilsit/Eastern Prussia to sign a peace treaty. Louise made a personal appeal to Napoleon at his headquarters in Tilsit in order to get better conditions for her nation, but without success. He called her his “beautiful enemy.” Queen Louise died in 1810 at the age of 34 years.
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The half doll of a lady in an Empire style dress, wearing a tiara and yellow gloves, as well as the above mentioned flowing blue scarf around her neck is a rendition of Queen Louise and was apparently adapted from a similar postcard or drawing. It was made by A.W.Fr. Kister of Scheibe-Alsbach/Thuringia, c. 1920 (height is : 9.5 cm / 3.75”).