This is a rare survivor and in such lovely condition.
This is an antique bisque figurine made by Schafer & Vater, c 1910.
It is entitled on the base: Mr McNab. Like all my other figurines - it is very detailed.
It is one of a range of quirky bisque porcelain figurines that they made at the beginning of the 20th Century. This elongated figurine 7 inches in height.
This one is really comical - check out that little plump Scotsman - in his military outfit - his little kilt is certainly way above the regulation length of resting on the knee.
Oh! Mr Knobbly Knees here!
Again, like many other ones in my store - this one is exceptionally rare.
I have a rare series of these "Skinnies" figurines for sale - they are all in excellent condition with no damages, losses, or condition issues.
The damage-free condition and relative rarity of these elongated figures are reflected in my asking price here.
HISTORY: The company was founded by Gustave Schaefer and Guenther Vater in Germany in 1890. By 1896 the business was so successful that they were able to expand to the List Porcelain Factory at Neuhaus.
The company aimed at producing high-quality items in hard-paste porcelain - and it made luxury items, including figurines and dolls' heads. They also produced a range of soft-paste porcelain items such as small liquor bottles which were distributed in pubs etc.
Schafer & Vater were better known for their comical and figural items. They manufactured these in teapots, jugs, creamers, bottles, match strikers, and planters, with a backstamp impressed with a crown above an 'R' in a star. 'Made in Germany' was sometimes stamped in black. Occasionally, Schafer & Vater pieces appear without any stamps or reference to their origin, but they are easy to recognize due to their characteristics and unique craftsmanship and unusual design.
Their wonderful novelty figures were always very popular in the States - and by 1910 the American firm of Sears Roebuck & Co began to import and distribute Schafer & Vater pottery items.
In 1913 Paul Schafer had taken over from his father and, working alongside Gunther Vater, built up a successful workforce of around 200 people. In 1918 the factory was destroyed by fire and they set up a new factory to resume production.
Sadly, the firm closed in 1962, and in1972 the East German government assumed full control of the vacant factory, and their records and moulds were destroyed - so no further figures could be produced.