Meissen Art Nouveau Group of Bears

Erich Hoesel — c.1905
£2750

A Meissen group of bears modelled by Erich Hoesel, decorated in high-temperature in-glaze colours. Blue crossed swords to an unglazed base.

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

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History

Erich Hoesel was one of the key modellers of animal figures during the Art Nouveau period.  It is 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.

Marked with blue crossed swords on an unglazed base, incised model number V 111, impressed assembler’s number 144, brown painted decorator’s number 5 to underside.