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 Sarah Kay. A housewife in a suburb of Sidney, Australia, Sarah Kay had always been fond of drawing. She had studied at an Art Academy and at the age of 20 she had started working for an advertising agency. The designs which brought her great success, however, were made during a period of great anxiety: her little daughter, Allison, was badly ill and to distract herself, Sarah Kay began to draw. She designed happy children in a peaceful environment like the one she had known herself on her grandparents farm. The overwhelming success of her designs may be due to the fact that they remind people of their own childhood. Sarah Kay's designs are magnificently converted into wooden figurines by Master Sculptor Ulrich Bernard
This wonderful, limited edition carving, circa 1980's - early 1990's, entitled "Wake Up Kiss" depicts a young girl holding her teddy bear with both hands while giving him a kiss on this forehead. A large colorful ball rests on the floor beside the little girl. The carving, which stands 6 3/4" in height, is marked on the back of the base "Sarah Kay"and retains the original round, plastic hang-tag with cord. The bottom has the pewter button "Anri" with copyright symbol; black ink stamp "Design, copyright symbol and Valentine", foil label "Italy" and is impressed 1725/2000. There are no chips, cracks or repairs; the paint is excellent. Great "Anri" carving.