A Victorian period figurine, circa 1870, of a
continental fishmonger on a gilded rococo style base painted underneath with a
Naples type mark (Capodimonte, Italy) of a five pointed crown over a capital
letter "N" in blue. (crowned N 1771-1834 style). This mark is
actually that of the manufactory of Ernst Bohne Söhne (Ernst Bohne sons) from
Rudolstadt Volkstedt, in Thuringia, Germany, who in 1856 took over the running
of the factory originally founded by their father in 1845. See Ludwig Danckert
- Directory of European Porcelain.
The figurine, which is well painted, depicts a young man
wearing a turquoise and brown Phrygian or liberty cap over his black curly
hair. He is dressed in a yellow tunic and green floral pattern knee length
breeches that are protected by a white and purple apron. He is wearing white
stockings and black shoes with gold buckles. The figure of the fish seller is
standing and leaning against a tree stump, in his right hand he is holding a
plate which is also against his apron. In his left hand he is holding up a fish
or brown trout.
It has been hand enamelled in muted colours with some
gilding on the rococo style base. It stands 5 3/8 inches (137mm) high and the
base is approximately 1 3/4 inches diameter. It weighs 131g unpacked and condition
is very good with ground mark to apron and some minor fritting around the
bottom edge of the base. No chips cracks nor restoration.
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