In the year 1951 Hoffner opened his business in the small town of Sandizell which today belongs to the town of Schrobenhausen. Finding qualified workers was no problem as many people formerly living in Thuringia had moved to Bavaria after the founding of the German Democratic Republic in 1949. As many of the designers and decorators he employed were perfectly capable of creating items and decorations in the Dresden style, the small company nearly instantly started to make a wide array of Dresden type figures and gift items. Because the family-owned business never cared about marketing only very little became known about the company and its roots and this has lead to some complications and misunderstandings.
This darling figurine. circa 1960's, is of young lad perhaps going on his first real date. Attired in a blue/gray waist coat, knee length pants and top hat; white shirt with lacey ascot/tie, white knee length socks and black shoes. This facial expression is priceless with rosy cheeks, red lips, blue eyes and curly light brown hair protruding from under his hat. In his left hand he is holding a gorgeous bouquet of multi-colored flowers and his walking stick. His pet dog sits by his feet. The figurine measures 5 1/8" in height and is marked in dark blue with a 5 prong crown over "N" over "Dresden".
Sandizell, Hoffner & Co. Dresden "Young Lad w/Bouquet" Figurine