A rare antique porcelain fairing figures of identical female children holding flowers by the famous Conta Boehme of Germany. Fairings are small, brightly colored porcelain figural groups, mounted on rectangular or circular bases and usually about 4in long and tall. Fairings were first made by the German companies of Springer and Oppenheim of Loket in Bohemia and, after about 1850, by Conta & Boehme of Possnek for the British market. With more than 400 different figures recorded, fairings depict amusing, cheeky, charming, or newsworthy subject matter and were popular in Britain from the 1850s. Fairings are so named because they were given away as prizes at fairs in the Victorian era. Prior to 1870, Conta & Boehme pieces were not marked. Examples produced after this time can be identified from either an impressed or raised mark depicting an enclosed shield decorated with a raised arm wielding a sword. From the 1890s, the shield mark was printed and the words Made in Germany were added to the base along with a four-digit impressed or incised design number from 2850-2899, or from 3300-3385. Some Conta & Boehme fairings do, however, appear with numbers outside these sequences.
These antique pair of female children fairings figures are one of the early works made during the early years of Conta Boehme productions bearing impressed mark no. 1442 and with an impressed shield mark. A collectable pair of antique porcelain figures that would make a rare collection of these much loved and very popular figurines during the Victorian era.
Condition: The hand painting is perfect in detail and the colors are still very bright though a repair was made to the head and right hand of the girl wearing blue hairpin.
Over all their condition is good.
Measures: 12cm (7") Tall.
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