This pair gets the top what were they thinking? They are attached to their "frozen ice block" bases by a little wood peg which extends out of the foot and fits into a hole in the base.
This is nice in that we know by the pegs these are the originals, but they are not stable at all. Which explains why they are so rare : Wonderful treasures, especially found together as a pair. Listed in the Mary Morrison Snow Baby book on p. Quality bisque by a fine German maker, they are beautifully modeled and painted, with wonderful movement, arms and legs away (which involves several molds and is labor intensive). The modeling gives a wonderful sense of speed as we imagine them zipping around the ice.
The paint is fired on (not cold painted). They are wearing Victorian spats, with the little buttons up the side of the leg. Best of all, their sweaters and big pom-pom hats are covered in crushed bisque snow.
Condition- When we got these they had poorly glued repairs, but all the original parts were present. They have been professionally restored and are now display ready; the repairs are invisible, but I marked two photos with a blue arrow so you can see where the legs were reattached, one on each, the girl's attached under the skirt, right where the leg meets the skirt, and the boy at the knee right where it meets his knickers (there is no overpainting on to the knickers). Also repair to a chip on her skate, a tiny chip on his mitten, and part of his wood peg is broken off.
I would recommend using museum putty to secure these to their stands. It's removable and does no damage. His nose is a bit flat, he was made that way. Soiling, paint loss, and loss to snow.
Considering how delicate it is, the snow is remarkably clean and largely intact. Their bases are each marked under-foot with impressed letters; when assembling, note that the girl fits into the base marked with the letter M. In the background of some of the photos, you will see a German bisque snow boy on a wood sled and a porcelain Santa house which lights up, made by German manufactory Karl Ens - both antique C 1900.They are also for sale, please see my other listings. Photos taken with daylight bulbs for accurate color, though monitor colors may vary. Terms of Sale - Please read. These are items from my own collection. I've taken great care with description and have provided many large clear photos. Photos are part of the description. By purchasing from me you agree to these terms. I value my customers and always do my best to ensure you have a pleasant shopping experience; thank you for your patronage.
See my other listings for other Christmas items ie Heubach bisque doll sled sledding candy container. The item "The King and Queen of Antique German Bisque Snow Babies ULTRA RARE Hertwig Dolls" is in sale since Saturday, January 07, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Figurines". The seller is "sussexcountyantiques" and is located in Stanhope, New Jersey.
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