Unusual antique porcelain figurine oddity from the 1880s, made by Ernst Bohne & Sohne in Germany.
Marked on base with the blue Anchor mark, model number 332 and letters EBS which stand for Ernst Bohne & sons. This mark was used from 1878 to about 1900, so this is one of their earliest models.
Collected and kept for many years by no other than Iris Fox (1913-1992) who's vast collection of porcelain was legendary. Many of her pieces, collected over her lifetime, are now in English museums, while others were sold by Sotheby's auction house several years ago, as was this one.
Featuring a girl chick in 19th century clothing and a human body, looking over it's shoulder at the remains of it's egg shell still stuck to it's backside. A humorous figure intended for fun and make visitor's to the Victorian home laugh.
It's in good condition with no chips but a professional restoration was carried out on the figurines left arm from the elbow down. The restoration looks to be 80+ years old all by itself.
Lovely detail in the egg shell which shows the tiny pecks of the beak to break free.
Dress is intricately painted with cobalt blue flowers and gold highlights.
The figurine is as adorable as it is odd, with it's 19th century humor and great attention to detail, a real piece of it's time and possibly the last of it's kind. Rare enough that when damage to it's arm occurred it was brought to a professional restorer.
Measuring 14 cm tall with a 5.5 cm base diameter it's a real collector's piece and also an ideal gift for the chicken enthusiast.
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