Bernhard Bloch Figural Majolica Smoke Set

Utterly charming piece in the form of a peasant boy pulling a wooden cart. This set, ca. 1890-1910, is richly decorated in glossy green, brown, red, blue, black and white glazes, with the face and hands left unglazed. The rectangular cart would have held cigars or cigarettes, a hollow stump held matches, and there is a trough-shaped depression in the base for used matchsticks. A match striker is molded into the base as well.

In 1869, Bernhard Bloch purchased an enterprise focusing on earthenware and faience production in the city of Hohenstein, Bohemia. The Bloch factory gained fame mainly by the production of figural tobacco containers and other tobacco products, characterized by detailed and extremely refined processing.

A great, well-marked example of the inventive and high quality ceramic products of the late 19th century Bohemian potteries, which are beginning to be avidly collected.

Dimensions: Height 7", length 8.5". Base measures 5.5" x 8".

Marks: "BB", "DEP" in circle, "5802" all impressed (see photo 8).

Condition: Very good. One small flake on bottom of the base (see photo 9). Flake is shown in the center of the photo, just at the corner of the base. The other area shown is one of the four stilt marks from the firing. No other chips, cracks, flakes or repairs.

Item ID: RL-12-113

$395 USD

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