Meissen Art Nouveau Group of Bears

Erich Hoesel — c.1905

A Meissen group of bears modelled by Erich Hoesel, who was one of the key modellers of animal figures during the Art Nouveau period

18.5 cm high, 16 cm wide and 14.5 cm deep.



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Decorated in high-temperature underglaze colours and remarkable that the decorator managed to successfully assign different shades of brown to each bear; other examples of this group we have noted appear to use only a single brown shade for both bears.

Underglaze blue crossed swords, incised model number V 111, impressed assembler’s number 144, brown painted decorator’s number 5 to underside, circa 1905.