This precious antique "piano baby" is a beautiful and cheerful piece with a lot of exquisite hand-painted details.
Aristocratic Victorian homes were furnished with pianos and these were typically draped with fine silk shawls, but something was missing to keep the shawls from sliding around.
"Piano babies" were born of this necessity to serve as an anchor to keep the piano shawls in place.
Often made of porcelain or bisque, most piano babies are the product of German manufacturing companies.
This little darling is made of porcelain and is portrayed in a resting position.
The cherubic baby is pictured guarding a rabbit between its arms while a curious cat is perched on the baby's back.
The pale skin, tawny tendrils and effusive face have been hand-painted with a wonderful degree of emotion and realism.
You will notice that the bare-footed baby wears a sky-blue dressing gown with metallic beading around the collar.
A seam from casting can be faintly seen on the top of the figure's head and leg while a "venting" hole is present on the underside.
Four small circular felt pads on the underside of the figurine will prevent scratching to it or underlying surfaces.
The figure exhibits some age expected wear and spotting, with a bit of finish loss and a few flea-bite scratches here and there.
Overall, this charming, highly collectible piece remains in good antique condition.
It is sure to be a cherished addition to your collection.
Measurements: Figure is 6 1/4" long, 2 3/8" tall and 2 3/8" wide Weight: 142.8 grams (5.03 oz)