We're offering here an engaging majolica figurine of a young nobleman in 18th century attire, out hunting. His gun and bag are slung on his back as he stands in front of a tree stump, holding a rabbit by the hind legs. His rich clothing is in muted tones of cerulean blue, fuchsia, and yellow; his knee boots are pale gray; his three-cornered hat is mauve with a small plume; and he wears a ruffled shirt front. His face and figure, clothing, and the rabbit are all finely detailed. There is also an impressed scallop shell at the base of the tree stump.
The figure is 7 ¼" tall, 2 ¼" at base. The hollow base is incised 6721 inside the table ring. This and the style indicate to us that the piece is late 19th century German. There is a small chip at the front corner of the hat, and one at the end of the gun barrel (shown). There is a tiny chip on the open vest, too small to show in a photo. More important, there is a line where the figure was broken at the neck and has been repaired. The repair line is under the chin on the neck (shown). There's a rough area at the back of the head (also shown). This was hard to photograph, but we have done our best: see the last two photos.
We have priced this piece to reflect the condition, but even with the repair it's a very winning antique figurine suitable for display; could also be restored.
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