Beautiful porcelain sculpture of a pair of ducks by Goebel. These ducks are wonderfully lifelike in form with gilded beaks and feet, the only spots of color being the black pupils of the eyes. Unusually elegant, these ducks look more like Miessen than Goebel, but for the mark. An unusual piece from this maker that will mix well with your fine antiques.
Signed "Andersen", which is impressed in to the base. I contacted a Goebel expert and was told that this is the signature of the artist, and that he did not recognize the name. But I can't help wondering if this isn't a reference to Hans Christian Andersen whose name is forever associated with ducks because of his story The Ugly Duckling. There is even a famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen holding an open book and a duck in Central Park in NYC, the site of a children's story telling program every summer. Additionally, the Danish spelling of the name "Andersen" supports this. A bit of a mystery.
CONDITION is lovely. There is wear to the gold as shown, and one small shallow flake at the bottom edge of the base which barely shows, I had a difficult time photographing it (last picture). This Goebel mark dates between 1920 and 1935 . The "C. V." denotes a bird figurine, and the "343" is the identification number of this particular bird figurine. Measures 10 1/2" tall and approximately 11 1/2" at its widest from tip of tail to tip of tail. The base has a diameter of 7 5/8".
I don't know whether ducks mate for life, but I assure you these two are inseparable. Graceful and elegant. Enjoy!
Item ID: RL-977