This pretty figurine was manufactured by the Irish Dresden factory also known as Muller-Volkstedt which was in business in Ireland from 1962 until 2009 when the economic recession forced its closure. The factory had its origin in Eastern Germany starting in 1895, producing Dresden porcelain under the Muller-Volkstedt name. The company's founders fled East Germany and set up production in Dromcollogher, Ireland in 1962. They retained the techniques as well as the fine level of workmanship when production was moved to Ireland. There is news that the company has re-open for business in Dromcollogher, Ireland this past June. It is unknown when new produces will be imported to the US. This figure's production date is not known. It bears the makers mark on the base which is difficult to see, but with the help of a jeweler loupe I was able to match it to the Muller- Volkstedt mark. However I can fine no information on any mark that establishes the date of production. That being said it must be between 1962-2009.
The female figure is posed with her arms holding the skirt of her gown outstretched as if she is about to twirl. The bodice of her dress as well as her slippers are hand painted in bright gold. Her face is very delicately painted with blue eyes and very pleasing features. Her hair is held in place with a gold headband and she has golden drop earrings. The skirt of the gown is a mottle of olive grey, dusty blue and pale pink. The base is faux painted to resemble black marble. The condition is very good with the exception of the loss of her right little finger ( see the 6th image above for details). Measurements are 7 1/2" H X 6" W, the base has a 3 inch diameter.
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