Exquisite porcelain sculpture of a pair of ducks by Goebel. A beautifully rendered piece, these ducks are graceful in form with gilded beaks and feet. Unusually elegant, this appealing piece suggests Meissen rather than Goebel, but for the mark. An uncommon piece from this maker.
Signed "Andersen", which is impressed into the base. I contacted a Goebel expert and was told that this is the signature of the artist. But I can't help wondering if this isn't a reference to Hans Christian Andersen whose name is forever associated with ducks because of his story ‘The Ugly Duckling. He is so well known and loved that there is even a famous statue of him holding an open book and a duck in Central Park in NYC, the site of a story telling program for children every summer. A bit of a mystery.
CONDITION is lovely. There is wear to the gold as shown, and one small shallow flake at the bottom edge of the base which is mentioned only for accuracy - it barely shows, I had a difficult time photographing it (last photograph). This Goebel mark dates between 1920 and 1935 . The 'C. V.' denotes a bird figurine, and the '343' is the identification number of this particular bird figurine. Measures 10 1/2" tall and approximately 11 1/2" at its widest from tip of tail to tip of tail. The base has a diameter of 7 5/8".
Ducks don’t always mate for life, but you can be sure these two are inseparable. Graceful and elegant. Enjoy!