This beautiful little child's head was made by the famous German porcelain factory at Ludwigsburg. She is clearly marked and perfect, a mere 3 inches high. Her color is vibrant and the detail of flowers on her cap is amazing. Her charming little face is well drawn with even individual strands of hair drawn on her forehead and the back of her head. In researching her mark I discovered that she was made between 1758 and 1805. The second mark in gold underneath the larger blue one is a decorator's signature. I have not found this particular one. Here is some information about Ludwigsburg Porcelain factory (1758 - 1805) "The second Ludwigsburg factory was founded on April 5th 1758 per decree of the Wuerttemberg Duke Carl Eugen. The first series of experiments was not successful, but with the arrival of Josef Jacob Ringler in 1759, the factory was soon in commercial production. Ringler, late of Strassburg and a number of other factories, was to run the Ludwigsburg factory for the next forty years. Because he had worked in other factories, he knew who to recruit, including the well-known painter Gottlieb F. Riedel from Meissen and sculptor J. Chr. W. Beyer. The first years were very successful and the workforce soon grew to 179 people. During the period of 1760 to 1775, Ludwigsburg was one of the leading European facilities. In the earliest period, Ludwigsburg porcelain figures had a classical form. The kaolin used was brought in from Hornberg and produced a very malleable body clay, well-suited to the figural work Ludwigsburg produced (and Duke Carl Eugen preferred). Riedel designed the forms and ornaments and often incorporated birds and insects in the painted decoration. After 1780, designs moved from classical forms towards the popular and elegant Louis XVI style." This information comes from, Porcelain Marks & More an internet site of that name.
She is a find from my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia last month. I was fortunate to attend an antique show there that had a fabulous collection of German porcelain like this little girl. No dolls, but a lot of wonderful finds in figurines. This charming little girl had to travel home with me. I am happy to be able to offer these finds from my European trips to our customers.
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