This is a 19th century porcelain bisque, or biscuit, figural vase. The maker is Christian Fischer, owner of the Pirkenhammer factory from 1846 to 1857. Pirkenhammer is located in Bohemia, Brezova Czechia. During Christian Fischer's tenure as owner of the Pirkenhammer factory, he produced table and decorative porcelain, including tea sets, figurines and figural groups.
When porcelain is bisque it means the porcelain is not glazed. Sometimes it is left white, and other times it is painted, colored or covered with various types of grounds. This vase is bisque that is painted with different colors of grounds, and very well done too.
The vase is shaped like a tree trunk and the part that is the tree is colored in various shades of brown with some green. Around the base a hunting dog is on a leash and caught up on tree trunk. The dog has brown spots, long floppy ears and a long fluffy tail. I assume the breed is some type of retriever hunting dog. To the left of the dog is a dead pheasant, with lots of colors, hanging upside down. To the far left is a rabbit with its rear feet tied up to the tree, and the rabbit is dangling over a game pouch, colored in green and pinkish red. Between the dog and bird is an orange and yellow bugle wrapped around the tree trunk. The detail is excellent. Be sure to look at the paws of the dog and the feet of the bird for what I mean about the detail, exquisite.
The figural piece is 8" high and the base is 5 ¾" by 4 ¼".
For those of you who are familiar with bisque porcelain this old, you know that it gets cracks and lines in it, not from someone dropping it, but because the porcelain wasn't glazed, and the contraction and expansion due to temperature and humidity changes over the years will cause the stress lines in the porcelain. If someone presents to you a piece of bisque from the same time period without any age lines in it, then you are looking at a fake or forgery. The age lines here are mostly in the interior of the vase, two coming down from the side, a longer one on the interior side, and several towards the interior bottom. The others are on the interior bottom. I took photos of all of them and point to them in red; none of the age lines affect the integrity of the vase. There is one small flake on the underside of the dog's floppy ear that is visible when the vase is held upside down; I point to this flaw in a photo also.
The mark is CF on a raised tab, with another age line going through the tab.
I am pleased to find this really old piece of Bohemian bisque porcelain and I hope you enjoy looking at the photos. The older this stuff gets, the harder it is to find.
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