Founded in 1775 by Frantz Heinrich Muller (1738-1820), the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, later became Royal Copenhagen. For over two centuries, Royal Copenhagen has supplied homes in Denmark and Internationally with art and design of the highest quality.
This fantastic figurine of 'Hans Clodhopper' is pattern #1228. It portrays a joyous Hans Clodhopper riding a goat while holding a wild pheasant with his left hand. The snow-white goat has light tan horns, while Hans is clad in blue-gray knee pants, long white socks, dark gray buckle shoes and jacket, white shirt and medium brown stocking cap. The wild pheasant has medium gray and tan coloration. The character Hans Clodhopper is from the Danish fairy-tale entitled 'Jack Dullard' by Hans Christian Anderson. The figurine measures 7" in height and rests on a oval base, representing a grassy patch, measuring 4 1/8" in length and 3" in width. Stamped in green with the Crown & "Royal Copenhagen Denmark" over three cobalt blue wavy lines and the initials of the decorator. The letter 'a' in Copenhagen is underlined which indicates the piece was made in 1968. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; mint condition and scarce.
The piece was originally sculptured in 1909 by Christian Thomsen (1860-1921), who was employed by the Royal Copenhagen Company from 1898 until his death in 1921. He modeled over 100 figurines in addition to numerous vases and over 36 Christmas and Commemorative Plaques during his career with Royal Copenhagen.