This precious antique bisque figurine is a charming and beautifully-crafted example of the "piano babies" that saw such great popularity in the late 19th-century.
Aristocratic Victorian homes were furnished with pianos and these were typically draped with fine silk shawls, but something was missing to keep the shawls from sliding around.
"Piano babies" were born of this necessity to serve as an anchor to keep the piano shawls in place.
Often made of porcelain or bisque, most piano babies are the product of German manufacturing companies.
This beautiful bisque figure depicts a cherubic infant child in a crawling pose with its head and shoulders lifted off the floor.
Bisque is a type of pottery that has been fired but no glazed.
This affords the finished product a wonderfully lifelike texture and appearance.
As you can see, this figurine is rendered in beautiful detail and features masterfully hand-painted details which include rosy-cheeks, emotive facial features, and curly blonde tendrils.
The piece is given a wonderful finishing touch with a "gauzy" dress, flowing blue bow, and a little bit of the baby's bottom peeking out.
You will find two incised marks on the underside of the figurine which read "Germany" and "2934" respectively.
The bisque shows a fair amount of cosmetic wear, including some discoloration, spots, and darkening.
A number of small orange spots can be seen on the underside of the piece as well.
However, this rare piano baby remains in good antique condition and will be a cherished part of your collection.
Measurements: Figure is 7-1/4" long, 3-3/8" at widest point and 4 5/8" tall Weight: 361.1 grams (12.7 oz)
Item ID: 7199
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