Wonderful German Shepherd porcelain figure made by Pfeffer Gotha in Germany in the 1930s.
Marked on base with model number 5186 and the green intertwined PG crown mark which was used between 1934-1942.
In mint condition, no chips, cracks, hairline fractures or repairs. Stunning detailed figure of a Black/Grey Alsatian male standing proudly to attention.
Very fine detail in his mouth and ear as well as delicate colouring as is to be expected from Pfeffer Gotha who produced quality craftsmanship from 1882 until it closed in 1942.
Their pieces are now among the most sought after and highly priced porcelain art figurines in the world.
Fritz Pfeffer (born 1857) bought a run down porcelain factory in 1882 and began to produce dolls and doll heads. In 1900 he started to produce animal figures in the style of the Copenhagen works, which was quite a success.
During 1921 the German Mint was not able to produce enough money because of the very high inflation rates and so local officials were allowed to make their own money which was called 'Notgeld'.
The Pfeffer factory was one of the few businesses allowed to produce money in the form of coins for that cause and used a mixture containing mainly quartz, kaolin and feldspar, resulting in the coins to be known just as 'quartz coins' in the area.