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#174790 09/05/2009 01:29 PM
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A real haughty looking bird!

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Tristan,

Are you back from China yet? Hope you had a good trip ... Smile

I figured someone might actually like to see a real pair of these birds to get an idea of their
great headress. Kind of spiffy if I say so myself. Big Grin

Cheers!

Bill

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quote:
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Simply amazing! Eek

I can't even guess as to its value, some serious Meissen collector would surely give his left nut for this beauty ... Big Grin

When the time comes to get it out of storage, I
hope you'll remember to let us take a closer look at your fine sculpture? I hope some of our porcelain collecting friends have a chance to see this one.

Kind thanks!

Bill


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Received my stuff today and immediately took pictures. If you want any other please ask. Jim

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#174794 09/24/2009 06:00 AM
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Jim- Thats an incredible falcon peice.

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Jim,

A man of your word, three cheers! Many thanks for taking the time to take snaps and share them... Smile

This is one of the finest animal sculptures I've ever seen, one can only imagine how impressive it might be in person! Works like this are what collecting German porcelain is all about, it'd be easy "getting lost" studying all the details, perspectives and dynamic power of the two birds. This piece would lend itself well to any kind of setting, whether displayed where guests could enjoy it, or lending its power and energy to the most spectacular displays of German-themed militaria. A pair of political Honor daggers flanking the falcon would get my attention, sure enough!

If you would good sir..? Could you take a side-on photo of the bird who's about to be dinner? I'd like to see the expression/reaction on its face. From what I can see, he's squaking up a storm...

Great stuff here!

Bill

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Dinner is shown.

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#174797 09/25/2009 07:17 PM
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Jim,

Yummy! Big Grin

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Let's put some fish on the menu, too!

A freshwater angelfish by Fritz Heidenreich for Rosenthal, 1937.

Bill

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Here is my KPM dog. I don't know when it was made as my book of marks doesn't show this version. I had another dog but it got destroyed in shipment.

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I forgot the title to this piece, as I remember is is "The Black Swan and ***". It is made by A.W.Fr. Kister and has the mold number 12798 over C imbrossed on the bottom. Jim

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Willi,

As mod, is it possible to pin this thread? I'll admit I'm little more than an interloper in the topic of Allach Wink but it seems to me this thread contains a ton of wonderful member pics & oodles of very useful information. I believe it would be a damned shame to lose it were the GD software to have a brain lapse as has happened in the past with so many good threads.


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Bill...apologies for not replying to your post of 9th September. Yes, back in Bonnie Scotland and a new bird! (though I think you have seen this one elsewhere!)

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Jim,

For those who aren't familiar with the firm of KPM, a little background is in order. This is an old company that's been around for nearly 250 years. The initials stand for, "Koenichliches Porzellan Manufaktur," in Berlin. Well known and respected in the field of porcelain, KPM should be considered as one of the top manufacturing-houses in Germany, along with names like Hutschenreuther, Meissen, Rosenthal, Allach and Nymphenburg, to name a few.

Your dog is absolutely first class - great composition, anatomy, detail and painting.
Exactly what one would expect to find coming from KPM. This is what seperates the good from the ho-hum and mediocre. I think an example like this would more than hold its own among a collection of the finest Allach examples.

I think your second sculpture is commonly titled, "Leda and the Swan..." from the old Greek myth when Zeus comes to her in the form of a swan and has his way with the beauty - heavy with erotic overtones, heh ... a marvelous work. Does it have a bisque finish or would you say it's more of a matte glaze? Either way, this unit is truly a classic!

Tristan,

Good that you're back and I'm very pleased for you that you chose to add this fine Amsel, or blackbird to your collection, superb! What hasn't been said about this little wonder before? However, I could look at something like this for the rest of my life and not grow tired of it, it's that elegant and refined. Seems a common trait among all Allach sculptures ... you're almost tempted to reach in and steal one of his strawberries! Can't wait to see your new Dachshund ...

Billy old friend,

Thank you, that really means something coming from you.

Amigos,

I've been poking around a bit myself lately,
and come up with something I hope you might enjoy ... if you remember, Mark P. and I share a positive sentiment for porcelain bugs, heh ... Big Grin ... for me, this one is like finding a cherry, maker-marked SS dagger. Cool

The beetle scurrying about in the foreground is lifesize at about 3.5 inches, it'll give you an idea of what a nice size the pair is.

Hirschkäfer im Zweikampf - (Stag Beetle Duel)

A compelling study of two stag beetles locked together in combat, by Sigismund Wernekinck, 1872/1921. (polychrome under glaze) This model was made between 1910 and 1920, by the firm of Galluba & Hoffmann, located in Illmenau. An oversized composition at approximately double-life, the piece measures 4.5 x 8.5 inches. The sculpture depicts a pair of fearsome-looking creatures with their pincers locked in struggle, truly a battle royale. The base is subtly decorated with oak leaves and acorns, portrayed in a minimalist style that doesn't detract from the eye's focal point of interest. The attention to the complex body structure is outstanding and the details are well-highlighted which brings the animals to life in a very realistic and naturalistic rendering.

So that about wraps it up for now, sincere thanks to all those who've contributed so far, and as for those who can't, we hope you enjoyed our thread. Smile

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You are right on the name, I thought it was Leda but wasn't sure. It has a bisque finish. Jim


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Jim,

Found an example of your KPM dog in white. I like your painted version better. Smile

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Gents,

Recently found this neat little bauble that most will immediately recognize as the open-style, imperial naval dirk pommel. It's actually known as the 1871 Staatskrone, or state crown, which came into being shortly after the unification of the German states under Wilhelm I and Bismarck.

I'm fairly certain this miniature crown was produced by the firm of KPM, but from what date I can't say for certain as I've never seen or heard of another..? ... anyone?

The small cross/crucifix has been lost but I think it's a very worthwhile restoration project. I can easily supply the porcelain people with drawings and photographs of the various, original finial styles.

As a rule of thumb I try to stay away from buying damaged examples but I thought this one was well worth a little extra effort. The detail to this little-critter (about 2.25 x 2.5 inches) is nicely rendered and accurate. Wink

Good collecting to all !

Bill

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The ooloured Dackel has arrived and is with his wife and the wins!

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coloured, even!

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I have to admit that I generally prefer the white examples but when you see them painted so well, there just beautiful, Tristan a magnificent foursome.

Gary

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T,

This is the first time I've seen the white and decorated pair side by side and it's really a most impressive sight! I think you made a very good choice going after both pair, and that display looks mighty fine in your cabinet!

As an aside, yesterday I saw an older piece that was an attempt to copy Kärner's sitting
Junger Dackel. To say the least, it fell horribly short of the mark ... Big Grin

Your Allach pair have to be among the best dog figures ever produced in porcelain and there are quite a few in that category, heh ...

As always, sincere thanks for taking the time to share your latest acquisitions with us, you are a most-kind gentleman. Wink

Bill

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I appreciate your comments, guys...Thanks very much.
I too prefer white porcelain, but wouldn't it be nice to have in a collection a white and a coloured example!!! Maybe some of our very advanced Allach collector colleagues have such collections, and the rest of us can only wish!
Here is my other 'family' so if anyone can find a coloured standing fawn for me I would be very grateful.

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Tristan,

Putting together a collection of all-white and colored Allach examples would be quite a lofty endeavor. Not impossible by any means, but financially it would be difficult for most of us. I'd rather put my savings into something like that than trust my 401K plan to produce any meaningful results ...

Your colored fawn is really something special,
very sparing decoration and ever so soft and subtle. Nice! That is one first class display. Smile

Here's another example that's nicely colored.
This is a Czech porcelain by Zsolnay, most definitely postwar, though, inexpensive, nicely rendered and for that, well worth having a look at. A reclining European buffalo - a bison or Wisent.

Best!

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Bill, you do pick up an amazing variety of porcelains!
Have you seen this type of thing before? Apparantly it is Parsifal rescuing the Angel, or so I'm told. It is priced far too heavily b ut interesting nevertheless.
http://www.phoenixmilitaria.ne...wproduct.php?id=1307

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Here's my latest, a huge bronze stag by Kärner, stands around 16" tall.

Gary

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To give you an idea of his size, pictured next to a large Allach hirsch.

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Baz...Impressive! You dont have a coloured Standing Fawn do you?
Have you seen the Bronze on Ulrich's site?
Scroll down the attached list to the bottom.
http://www.ulric-of-england.com/porcelain.html

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Gary,

What an incredible find, that is nothing short of amazing!

Anything by Kärner in bronze should be considered rare and even more difficult to find than its porcelain counterpart.

To me this is simply a beautiful unit, just magnificent! There are so many good stag figures out there in porcelain, bronze and carved wood, many of which are first class sculptures, but in my book no one even comes close to Herr Kärner's deer renderings - stags, does or fawns, it doesn't matter which, they're all definitely "a cut above." Even his drawings and paintings of the Red-Deer family are extremely fine and show an intimate knowledge of these animals. There's just so much life and energy in his work, a real pleasure to see. Absolutely a classic and a great addition to your hunting and forestry collection. Well done! Smile

T,

I haven't seen this particular pair before but I do agree the price is a bit heavy-handed. There are so many good human figurines out there, you can take your pick - figures from the great operas, historical and military themes and even the old European fairy tales are well-covered.

I still like the Allach human sculptures the best of all. The quality is second to none and the fact that it's from the SS does it for me. I think I'd rather have just one of those than fifteen good ones from other companies, heh. The only human figure I have in my own collection is Theodor's, "Amazone," and that's only because I'm a big Kärner fan. Big Grin

Thanks guys for sharing your great stuff and thoughts with us, keep up the good work! Wink

Best!

Bill

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Thought you would like that one, he is an impressive beast. Have you seen many bronzes by Kärner, I know you have that beautiful owl, I wondered if you had seen other stags or deer by this artist in bronze.
I'm thinking this piece is 1910-1930, is there any literature to tie the date down a bit.?

Tristan
I'm sorry no coloured standing fawn, I tend to stick to the white models.
I hadn't seen that bronze on Ulrichs site before, not really my cup of tea in the green, I think it's a moose or Elch, thanks for pointing it out though.

Thanks guys

Gary

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Gary,

I'm afraid you won't see too many of his bronzes
for sale, though, once in a while one will pop up. Most places that keep finalized auction bids
and somewhat limited descriptions are those art/artist sites that charge a membership fee,
some priced quite steep. Much of the available data is just a re-hash of Kärner's biography.

When compared to his porcelain figures the number of bronze works is very low. I'd say that's a pretty fair statement. It seems the good Professor primarily concerned himself with
hard-paste projects and rendered bronzes only on occasion. Some of those can be correctly dated starting in the 1910's, 20's and thirties - again, rather infrequently.

Besides the owl, the stag and a couple of horse-related bronzes, I haven't seen much else of his out there. A while back some ultra-rare TR bronze pieces came from the estate of his co-worker, Franz Nagy. Two of the most familiar sculptures that were found, 'The Fencer,' and 'The Flag-bearer,' were the only known copies to exist in bronze, I believe?

I'm sure there are other works in bronze out there to be noted, I have to check one more old list I have for some more possible examples. That would be a good thing to tack on to this thread as time goes on ... Smile

T, I think I have a good photo of the colored fawn you're looking for somewhere around here?
That's the best I can do for now - Big Grin

Good hunting to all !

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This is a Patriotic bust I picked up in an auction and I think the helmet is an M16, so I presume Imperial era.
Can anyone help me out with the coloured crown logo on the base?
This is interesting because I have a spelter SA Rider with what looks like the same logo, but I was never sure if this piece was a period one or post-Second War.
Any comments much appreciated

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Crown logo

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Similar logo on belly of SA Reiter statue.

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T,

I looked all over the place for your maker's mark - zip! I was sure I'd seen it before but maybe not? Confused There are so many crown logos but none like this one, without any additional wording to go with it. I'll keep at it and let you know if I come up with anything
useful ... Smile

In the meantime here's a pair of tigers that I purchased recently from a lady in Germany. Here's a bit of detail about it ...

... A large sculpture by Gayer, approximately late-twenties, early 1930's. Manufactured by Fraureuth, the piece is mounted on an oval base and is roughly 8 x 10 x 16 inches and weighs roughly 12lbs. The standing male figure is giving his mate a friendly washing as cats of all sizes tend to do. The young lady is in a restful pose, either thinking about their next good meal or a deep snooze in the cool,
jungle shade ... or perhaps just enjoying the friendly grooming and daydreaming? Ever wonder what they think about?

Good study and detail to the cat's anatomy, the sculpture is full of a pensive, underlying energy even though the two are just relaxing. You can feel the inner strength of the two animals - ready to go into action so fast the eye can barely follow it. The balance and placement of the figures is well thought out and it leads one's attention in a gentle circular fashion, to take in the power of the deep muscle-tones, well-placed shadows and overall depth of the work.

Often times adding any painted detail to a cat figure turns into total disaster! In my humble opinion it's extremely difficult to add a clean and unpretentious decoration. Only the most skilled and sophisticated artist can accomplish the task with any high degree of efficiency. The tigers and leopards seem to be the most exacting of all the larger felines to paint in a naturalistic scheme, rather, most end up looking like a simple child's toy rather than an imposing predator - sometimes less truly is more!

Tristan - can we have a look at the SA rider, please?

Good hunting to all ! Wink

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