This figure seems to tell an interesting story. A woman and child are presenting themselves to a patron at a tavern. He’s not paying too much attention—or perhaps trying NOT to pay too much attention. She has lifted her apron suggestively and is showing him a bouquet of fresh flowers. Can we assume that the man and woman had met earlier, say six or seven years earlier, and had a romantic evening together that has borne fruit in the young lad who is standing there? In any event, the question seems to be raised but not answered. This is a well-known Hochst model, but it is made of faience, not porcelain. When the Hochst factory closed, the molds for the figures were sold off to several buyers, and some continued making the figures. The Damm factory, in particular, reproduced Hochst models in faience after it purchased a large number of old Hochst molds in 1830. Such figures are normally marked with the Hochst wheel and the factory name. This group is unmarked, though it does have a fake painted-on blue mark on the bottom that resembles a crown and is nearly worn away. If this figure was in fact made by the Damm factory, it probably dates to about 1830-40, soon after the former Hochst molds were purchased. Condition is good but there is some minor damage. The scroll on the end of the desk is chipped off. There are small chips, firing flaws and surface wear. The handle of beer mug has been replaced. The figure is large, seven inches high.
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