Saturday, February 19, 2011

Retro Saturday

Today's post is not about a 'collectible' that I've been hoarding for decades, but about a single, porcelain object that I bought at an auction over 20 years ago.
I remember the day very well. I hadn't seen this statue before the auction began and when the auctioneer held it up I was immediately mesmerized by it. 
Don't know what it was, beyond the colours and the shear quality, but I started bidding. Of course someone else wanted it too! I didn't even look to see who it was. I didn't care. I wanted this.
That's the thing about auctions. If you aren't careful, you can get into quite a battle for something you want. It is always good to set a limit on what you are willing to pay.....and 'let it go' if you get passed that limit.

I didn't set a limit that day! I kept bidding higher than the other person till he/she gave up. I actually forget what I paid but it was much higher than what I ever thought it would go for.
But I was happy I got it.

It has been around the house in a number of places and actually 'matches' the bedroom walls........same colour as his pants!
I call him the Dutch Boy. Looks like he is from Holland. His clothes reflect this I think and I figure he represents Holland's biggest export.......the bulb and flower industry. Looks like he was 'taking a break' from working in the fields......check out the flowers at his feet.
Or maybe my mind is working overtime. He is really just a porcelain figure which stands over a foot tall and he has just picked flowers for his mother from their garden.

In any case, I have no idea what factory made him and if he is from Holland or not. I have been trying to decipher the 'marks' on the no avail, other than it was made in the 1940's, which accounts for the 'crazing' on him........the very fine hair-like cracking.
Anyone out there recognize the company?
Have a great weekend everyone and 'happy hunting'.

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