Ernst Bohne first started porcelain decoration in 1848, only installing a kiln for the manufacture of porcelain in 1850. When Ernst died in 1856, his sons, Gustav, Karl and David took over the company as Ernst Bohne & Söhne. By 1883 David was left as sole proprietor, so in turn David's children continued the dynasty. The company was purchased by Gebrüder Heubach of Lichte in 1919.
This wonderful porcelain figurine, circa 1900-1919, was created in the Capo-di-Monte style that was being made in Thuringia, Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. The figurine is of a woman laboring to push a wheelbarrow holding a large whiskey keg. The workmanship and attention to detail, such as the jugs and funnel hanging from the wheelbarrow and the woman's attire and strain from labor shown by her body language are exquisite and compares to the level of detail in both Meissen and Nymphenburg figurines. The figurine measures 6 1/2" in height, 7 1/4" in length and 4" in width. It has the Blue Crown with N below, a mark used by Bohne & Son in the late 1800's and early 1900's on the end of the base. This mark was used by Bohne & Sons for export wares during this period. It is also stamped in blue "Made in Germany" within a circle on the underside. There are no cracks or repairs, the end of right handle of the wheelbarrow has been broken even with hand and is missing. Still an outstanding sculpture and priced according.