Posted 5 years ago
I found this figure and its pair in a Vinnies store on Monday. The Worcester figure Noel was bought at the same time. Someone's figurines had appeared. I went back today and saw that some others (very badly damaged) had been placed on the shelves .... lace skirted ballerinas.
I find "Dresden" figures a bit too traditional; but I can't fail to admire the work that went into the creation of this figure. I love the detail of the bunches of grapes and their twisted stems.
The mark on the bottom was a "K" surmounted with a crown: I knew I'd seen the mark before; but it was my chance to have a couple of traditional figures in perfect condition for $15 each.
When I got home I found out the firm was founded by Rudolf Kämmer in Volkstedt, Rudolstadt, Thuringia. This was in East Germany in those days.
The male figure has the blue crown K mark and the model number 545 impressed into the porcelain. He is 21 cm or 8.2 inches. He stands on a rocaille plinth and retains the original gilding.
His name is "der Winzer" - the grape picker / wine worker/ vintner?
The mould is still being used today by the family Rudolf Kämmer and features in their catalogue but has another number 1547. These days the painting is much more colourful. My figure is in blue tones, flow blue pale skin tones and ........... that gilding.
I've not been able yet to find out who designed these two figures, but I have four names of German designers who worked for Kämmer:
Gustav Oppel, Franz Rauch, Hugo Meisel, Fritz Schlesinger.
I'd be happy if anyone can tell me who designed "DER WINZER" or fill me in on when these might have been made.