Herend is the Hungarian national porcelain works, and if there's one piece they produce which can really be called their signature item it is this figure of a boy riding a goose. The imagery is dream-like, fundamentally surrealist: a boy in a bowler hat and red Magyar vest rides an adult goose, equipped with bridle, reigns and a whip.
This figurine has been made in at least two different sizes, of which this is the smaller. It's also been in production for years, with newer examples lacking the detail in decoration and finish of good vintage examples like this. For its size (it's 3" tall), there's an extraordinary level of detail in the painting of the face, the goose, the design on the back of the vest, even the dry-brush work on the hat.
It's 3.75" long, 1.675" wide and 3" tall.
Condition: no wear or damage.
Mark: impressed HEREND mark, incised model number 5415. Blue printed shield mark. There's also something on the upper side of the base, an artist's name or a title in script which looks like "Lucrur".
Dating older Herend isn't an exact science, but I'm certain this piece dates to the middle of the 20th century, to the 1950s or 1960s; were it older it would have a year mark as part of the printed mark.
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