I have not blogged in a few day, mostly due to having company. I wanted to share this lovely figurine given to me as a surprise. A couple days ago I took one of my guests to the local antiques mall. When my back was turned she purchased the lady in the blue gown that I admired but put back on the shelf as too extravagant for me to buy for myself. Such a nice surprise and a very thoughtful gift!
The ceramic figurine is so finely detailed and carefully hand painted that I believe it is antique or close to it. There is a maker’s mark I can barely read and have not been able to find in catalogs of ceramic marks. It appears to be a shield with a crown on the top. There is lettering above the crown that I can not read and also some capital letters beneath the shield that may be HRP, though I’m not sure. I suspect the figurine is European, possibly Scandinavian, German or Austrian. She stands 10″ tall and holds a basket of flowers. The details of the dress are especially interesting. For some reason she seems to be a Danish or Swedish lady to me.
There are a few small chips in the paint, mostly on the gown. She had accumulated quite a coat of dust. A good scrub brought out the lovely colors of the flowers and the roses on her cheeks. I will continue to search for the origin of the mark so I can identify the maker and age of the piece. I am so lucky to have such a kind guest!