The other day I happened upon quite a large collection of porcelain pups, consisting of some beautifully refined figurines (like this delicate German Shepherd and Greyhound), along with some quite naive examples – I was lucky to arrive just as the dogs were being unpacked so I got to pick and choose! Both of these dogs are fantastic quality and in perfect condition, but my very favourite has to be the Greyhound – they’re such graceful looking creatures in real life, and this beauty translates so well to sculpture. It also doesn’t hurt matters that the Greyhound was made by W. Goebel, a serious name when it comes to porcelain figurines – small porcelain Goebel figurines like this Greyhound can sell for in excess of R1000! But I’m not really being fair to the German Shepherd, who’s equally as lovely! There’s no maker’s mark on the German Shepherd (other than a “Made in Western Germany” stamp), but I suspect that he dates to more or less the same period as the Greyhound, sometime around the 1940s.
A wonderful pair of pups that are refined enough to be on the right side of kitsch!
Dimensions: German Shepherd – 14cm tall x 20cm long x 4cm wide; Greyhound – 9.5cm tall x 19.5cm long x 6cm wide
Prices: German Shepherd – R160; Greyhound – R220
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