THE HEUBACH OR THE EGG…Which came first ?! The egg is often a symbol associated with Newborns - a theme which Heubach fully explored. These Piano Babies were made in several variations involving eggs. There is one seated with an egg as shown here, a Crawler with an egg on its back and several others - even an egg with babies ‘hatching' from it. It is a delightful theme and one compatible with the use of symbolism and sentiment often associated with Heubach.
NO YOLK…The eggs on these Heubachs are open and empty begging the question as to if they were Candy Containers or such. The edge of the opening is deliberately jagged as if broken open by the emerging proverbially chick. This egg has the distinction of being decorated with a pansy, either by transfer or painted by hand…or a combination of both. This particular example is one of only a handful that we have seen over the years. This scarcity suggests that the Pansy Babies could have been a special order for a specific boutique and therefore made in rather limited quantity. This piece has a hand painted ’55’ in brown ink on the bottom indicating perhaps a consignors order number - but one never knows with Heubach.
A PERFECT GEM… The quality of this diminutive little figure is excellent which is not always the case with the tiny Heubachs. It sits 3” high and is 2.5” front to back. It is very carefully painted - including the back. This fairy-like baby is very clean and well finished so that the assembly seams do not show. The little body is complete with musculature and the tunic is richly draped. Even the baby’s tiny fingers and toes are extremely well shaped. Of special merit are the facial features so well detailed providing this whimsy with its gentle expression.
SO WHY NOT…make some space in your Easter Basket for this so very sweet but low calorie delight.! CALL US AT 212-787-7279 OR EMAIL US to have this in time for Spring.!
MARKS: ’55’ hand painted on the underside of the figure.
CONDITION: Excellent...especially fine 'early in the mold' modeling; and carefully detailed artwork on this special order Heubach.
EASTER COLLECTORS.! Choice 3” tall Gbr. Heubach ‘Egg Baby’ with Factory PAINTED PANSY - Mint.!