Porcelain figurine, beggar children, Ernst Bohne Germany
Antique porcelain figurine of two beggar children by Ernst Bohne, a German maker from Rudolstadt, Thuringia, signed with a blue anchor mark.
The hard life of this brother and sister is etched on their faces, with their tired eyes and weary faces. The elder boy child has bags under his eyes. The girl is putting a coin in her bag whilst the boy is raising his hand in supplication for an unseen passer-by to drop a coin in his upturned hat.
The detail in these pieces is quite amazing, by a maker perhaps better known for producing steins. Every fold, ruff and tear can be seen in the children's ragged clothing, right down to the baggy socks and torn shoe leather.
Yet despite the poverty and hardship which this figurine depicts, it is a thought provoking and lovely representation of the spirit and determination of even the youngest family members in a time past. A beautifully produced antique by a highly regarded maker.
The pieces are hand-painted and signed to the under-base. Date is from 1859 to around 1921.
Maximum height is 19 cm/77.5 inches; maximum width is 16 cm/6.25 inches; maximum depth is 8 cm/ 3 inches.
Condition is good to commensurate with age and previous use. Unfortunately a small piece has broken off the boy's necktie (see second photo), although I can see no other damage and thankfully the finely detailed fingers and thumbs are intact.
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