Borghese figures, which sound like they should be made in Europe, were actually made by Niepold’s Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD, from the early 20th century until the factory’s closure in 1970. The girl figure is 9” tall to the top of the urn she is holding; the boy is 8 ½” tall. The color is still very strong, with nice greens, terra cotta, browns, and gold. The detail on their clothing is lovely. They are very rich looking. From the looks of this cute pair, they are some of the company’s early pieces. The wool felt on the bottom is quite old looking. The figures show age crazing, which just adds to their charm; there are also a couple of chips in the bases, and the girl is missing a bit of hair. These were made as inexpensive decorative objects, but have gained in collectibility and desirability over the years and as the pieces age.
This would make a wonderful addition to your collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Charming Pair of Borghese Plaster Figures – Boy and Girl