Edward Marshall Boehm (1913-1969), a self-taught sculptor, and his wife, Helen, started their basement studio in 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1951 the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired two of their early sculptures, a Percheron Stallion and Hereford Bull. From then on the Boehm name was recognized world wide by presidents, royalty and other world leaders. Upon Edward's death in 1969, Helen assumed the reigns of the company and in 1970 started efforts that created Boehm of Malvern England Ltd. in 1973. Helen passed away in 2010 at the age of 89.
This lovely Diapensia Blossoms figurine, Hallmark #26-006, circa late 1970's, is from the rare wildflower collection, limited edition of 2500. The Diapensia is well adopted to the exposed alpine areas and extreme conditions where it is found. A typical dinner-plate sized cushion could be hundreds of years old. The delicate white flowers with five petals are fused at the base like a goblet. The figurine measures 4 1/4" in length, 3" in width and 3 1/2" in height. Fully marked with the Boehm England insignia of that era. There are no cracks or repairs; one tiny leaf is missing at the base of a flower (see photo #1 and #7). Price accordingly.
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