This little guy is the villainous cat known as Figaro from the original children’s short stories Pinocchio. This mischievous cat left Pinocchio hanging in a tree in the original version of the story. Due to the publics out cry the author Carlo Lorenzini of the short stories was forced to have a blue fairy retrieve him and continue his adventures. This cat measures 2-1/2 inches tall and 1-3/4 inches wide. He has no chips, cracks or crazing. Unlike bone china miniature animals this guy was made with brown clay similar to that used by the Hagen Renaker company who produced many animals and small figurines. I do not know who produced this cat but it is well done and entirely hand painted. He has the number 309 written on the bottom. His back has some white paint strips which are difficult to see due to the glare of his glossy finish.
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Figaro Cat Miniature Clay Ceramic Figurine 19th Century Pinocchio Children’s Stories #309