Conta and Boehme Porcelain Musician One Man Band Tobacco Jar Antique 19th C
A Conta Boehme late 19th century tobacco jar or humidor. This is a superb and relatively rare example from the German factory of Conta Boehme, of Possneck in Germany, renowned for their porcelain figurines, fairings and tobacco jars - the latter being particularly sought after items as they are both very decorative and highly collectable. It dates from the 19th century around 1870.
This large sized jar or pot is in the shape of a drum with a street entertainer or one-man band musician sat on top. He is simultaneously playing a trumpet or cornet and cymbals, whilst beating the drum with one foot and ringing a bell with the other. He wears a colourful outfit featuring green striped floral sprigged three-quarter length pantaloons and a loose shirt with a multi pointed collar and hem with attached pom poms. He has a floppy hat and sports a large black handlebar moustache. Watching on his his faithful black and white dog with his paw resting on his master's leg. This is a beautifully modelled item with hand painted decoration. The base has the incised number 2564 and the roman number II and a 5. There is a decorator's number 6 and 37 painted under the lid rim.
It is in good antique condition with just a little damage - chips at the rim of the trumpet and the edge of the top cymbal. There is minor rubbing to the enamels and wear to the gilding. This is a great piece for any collector and quite a rare find.
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Height 9 inches ( 23 cm)
Depth 5 inches (12.8 cm)
Width 6 1/2inches (16.5 cm)
Weight 1224 grammes unpacked