Antique Bohemian Czech Bernard Bloch Polychrome Majolica Butler Figurine
Antique late 19th century Bohemian - Czech Bernard Bloch polychrome majolica large figurine of a butler holding a feather duster, standing on the circular base finely hand sculptured with great details and wonderfully hand pained in various colors.
Base Impressed with Bernard Bloch mark "BB" and the 4070-pattern number.
CONDITION: In good condition, considering its age of more than 100 years, with no damage or repair except for minor age wear.
Height: 32 cm (12.6 inches)
The figure has the "BB" mark of Bernard Bloch. In 1871 Bloch established his pottery In Austro Hungarian Empire at Eichwald in Bohemia presently Dubi in Czech Republic.
After 1900, his marks included the country name Austria. The absence of the country of origin tells me this piece dates between 1871 - 1900.
Bernard Bloch was a pre-eminent entrepreneur in the field of ceramic industry and established the famous ceramic workshop gained fame mainly by the production of figural tobacco containers, majolica dishes and wall plaques with erotic themes, and also handmade and hand painted figurines characteristic of detailed and extremely refined finish. The objects of both artistic and applied character were distributed throughout the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy.
Bloch Majolica figurines are very rare compared to the figural tobacco containers and his other products.