Berlin porcelain Royal Dux porcelain Herend porcelain , Dresden- style porcelain
Volkstedt porcelain Restoration of Porcelain figures , Restoration of china and porcelain
On the way to the Spring .. Miniature figurines ..
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Things are beautiful if you love them
I bought them some time ago in very bad shape from a German seller who had no idea about their origins or value. I think that I was lucky to get both of them together. Quality in miniature, the models are about 11, 5 cm high on rectangular bases 3, 5 cm across... Both Marked with odd sign on the back of the base. The markings indicate that they were manufactured in short period between 1909 and 1912 by Richard Eckert, according to some literature sources.
Painting quality is excellent, with much detailed sculpture in spite of very small dimensions .Both figures have many fragile parts ,some of which became lost. The child wearing trousers has lost the feathers on his turban looking hat, the other , with a golden pot got his head broken off and had lost his thumb on the left hand. The missing thumb was about 4 mm long and 2,5 mm at its widest.
Restoring miniature parts like these is a process that requires certain tools, some skill and patience and of a yogi. I had no idea how the broken feathers originally looked like .I improvised a bit and now they look like that. I made just two .. The whole project was carried out without airbrush, I used ordinary painter's brushes to apply the colored paints on the surfaces.
The scar on the neck is vaguely visible ,but only if to look at the head from the closest possible distance (5-10cm).Not bad at all , considering the fact that there was no airbrushing involved.
Many collectors disregard such or similar figures just because they are marked in "wrong way" and there is nothing which would connect them to the Meissen manufacture or to any other well known brand - but these boys show the quality that surpass many models with the famous crossed swords on their bases...And most probably this pair is very rare .Personaly,i never saw them for sale anywere again .
... A pair of captivating children, in the age of 7 or 8 , on their way to the spring .That the two children are odd characters is indisputable; that the composition they make is eccentric is debatable;it will be pleasing and unusual to most. Even the closest scrutiny will not resolve for sure whether it is a boy an a girl ,or two boys that make this perfect pair.. I presume they are boys though..