A delightful pair of large hand painted beautifully coloured Karl Ens cockatoos, 1900 to 1919. The maker's mark indicates it was made in the period 1900 - 1919. Purchased from the estate of a Swiss lady who keenly collected porcelain, especially pieces from the Karl Ens factory.
Porzellanfabrik Karl Ens was established in 1899 but it wasn't first porcelain business of the Ens family. Karl Ens (senior) founded in 1860 the Triebner, Ens & Co. In 1899 he left the company starting a new business, which swiftly gained reputation for producing high quality items.
A company founder had two sons, Karl and Eduard. Karl junior ran the factory from 1919 to 1939. In 1972 the company was nationalized and became a part of VEB Sitzendorfer Porzellanmanufaktur as VEB Unterglasurporzellanfabrik.
Size : 35.3 cm. ( 14 " ) tall, 13 cm. ( 5 1/8" ) wide.
Weight of the pair : 3,210 g. ( 7 pounds, 1 ounce ).
Condition : excellent.
Karl Ens, pair of porcelain cockatoos, 1900-1919.