The Anri company, founded by Anton Riffeser in 1912 in Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Northern Italy, is world-renowned for its hand carved and hand painted figurines. Anton Riffeser named the company Anri using the first two letters of his first and last name.
The creator of this fabulous Anri carving is renowned artist Juan Ferrandiz Castell. Born in Barcelona, poet, artist, illustrator and author of children's books, is known as the creator of the most symbolically rich and original Christmas cards.
Ferrandiz receives his basic artistic education at the Academy of Fine Arts, and was Art Professor at the Industrial University while devoting himself to the design of figurines based on his special predilection for childlike themes.
His subjects include various small animals, such as cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, lambs, always united as symbols of fraternity in harmony with the innocence of childhood. The complete opus of Ferrandiz is to create a world of love, of comprehension and of poetry where hatred is banished and where pease is the one message which unites people from all over the world.
This wonderful, limited edition, carving depicts a boy and girl holding hands. The girl is holding a chicken with her right hand while carrying a basket full of baby chicks. The boy standing to her left is tightly holding her left hand. On the brim of his hat are several more chicks. His pet dog and constant companion is sitting slightly behind him. The carving, which stands 7 3/4" in height, is marked on the back of the base "J Ferrandiz". The bottom has the pewter button "Anri" with copyright symbol, foil tag "Italy" and is impressed 284/750. There are no chips, cracks or repairs; the paint is excellent. Great "Anri" carving.