Majolica figure of a fisher-girl, by The Brothers Urbach, Czech c. 1885

$275.00 AUD

Fine quality Czech majolica figure of a fisher-girl, modelled standing with basket on rocky base, glazed in soft lead glaze colours, the face and hands with low-fired flesh tones.

Impressed ‘594/BU’ for The Brothers Urbach, Turn-Teplitz, Czech.
Circa 1885

18cm high

Good condition with minor signs of age, 2 minute chips to edge under base


ref. D. Michael Murray ‘European Majolica’ p112 for a discussion on this interesting Czech firm. There were two brothers in management, hence the name, and they founded the pot works in 1882. The business changed when it merged with another in 1906. Their earlier mark is ‘BU’, while later it changed, allowing us to date this to the first production period c. 1882-90 . Pl. 324-327 show a series of very similar sweet figures of children, surely by the same sculptor. The description suggests they were intended as match holders – they all have small baskets suitable for holding the old style wax matches.




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