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Posted 2 years ago


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I bought this at an auction and would love to know more about it.It has a paperweight type glass ball on top with a leaf and caterpillar.Not sure if this is original.I think they are spelter Any ideas.
They look like they are dusty but actually aren't.The white powdery look especially on the feet of one shows WHAT?
I have removed a felt piece off the bottom of 1 lady and low and behold there are holes.So maybe it had a base OR ?
I would love some input thanks.
I hope these updated pictures will help
solve the mystery.I have edited this post
The echidna next to them was roadkill which my sister-in-law turned into a much loved piece of taxidermy.His name is Fluffy......

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Phil will know. Poor but adorable Fluffy.
  2. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    Interesting thanks Eye4Beauty
    Amber Rose..yes we love fluffy.he went to preschool for news with the
  3. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    my art deco ladies.Can someone help identify them
    Cheers Rose
  4. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    I have edited this piece as I found holes on the base.So probably attached to something.Any more input greatly appreciated
    Loving the knowledge here from everyone
  5. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 2 years ago
    Here is Fluffy the echidna.Very similar to your porcupine.
  6. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 3 months ago
    This is still a mystery.Any ideas what these ladies are called?
  7. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 12 days ago
    Can anyone help me with this.Still a mystery!!
  8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 12 days ago
    Well this is certainly interesting! I hadn't seen it before, and sorry I can't help, but glad you shared it. :)
  9. bladerunner22 bladerunner22, 12 days ago
    They are not witches they are pixies sometimes attributed to Gerdago. They are by F. Fugere and attributed in the books by Peter Berman, Ency of Bronzes 1800 to 1930. They were made by the JB Hirsch foundry in New York. There is little to corroberate these being by Hirsch in this formation, but if they were, it would have been in the last years of being made by Hirsch in the early 1980's. Possibly they never made final production, hence the faces missing. Berman worked closely by the Hirsches when they dug up the molds and with their factory, so he attributed them as being by H. Fugere, circa 1930 as being made based on info on the molds. They have been recently reproduced also, and are easy to spot by the elongated figures. Yours should have had holes drilled in the feet also for attachment to the base. There have been many false attributions over the years including Fayral and Tiffany Studios selling them but that comes with a lot of negativity, as there have been some marked Tiffany but many are marked. The ones marked Fayral have the elongated figures which is a giveaway to them being false. I have a copy of the picture page from Hirsch part of the book that calls this "Contemplar" by H. Fugere. Called pixeies and sometimes titled The Reader. This configuration I have only seen once so cannot attribute authenticity. I did try to buy it but lost out due to seeing it after the auction.
  10. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 12 days ago
    oh WOW. Thanks for this info.They do have holes in the feet and felt has been placed on base.Will upload a better pic
    Your help is much appreciated thank you ?
  11. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 12 days ago
    how can I tell if bronze or spelter?
  12. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 12 days ago
    These pixies are the version of pixies with the book up.There are 2 versions.1 holding book on lap other version holding book up.
    There is a post on here with bookends with other cersion.I cant copy txt
  13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 12 days ago
    Fluffy will now live on forever in your family!
  14. rlwindle rlwindle, 11 days ago
    These are manufactured by J B Hirsch in 1927 between the two World Wars. The faces were made of Ivorine (a synthetic Ivory), Ivorine loosens from the spelter over the years and falls off, which is probably what happened to yours. I don't know from the pictures it the light socket is still in the piece, if it is not there now there was one when they were made that lit up the globe. If it were a later re-casting piece from the late 1970's they would be in better shape. Hirsch did not mark all of his pieces, a few of the pirates, the Beethoven and the Cellist items are marked. Go to the link below and look at the bottom picture for Hirsch's mark.

  15. rlwindle rlwindle, 9 days ago
    Another note to my post, According to the Encyclopedia of Bronzes, Sculptors, and Foundries, Volume IV, these Pixies were part of J. B. Hirsch's Collection Francaise.

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