PORCELAIN MARK - GDR INITIALS ON PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE

by Ten
(San Francisco)

PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE with GDR initials

PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE with GDR initials

PORCELAIN MARK - GDR INITIALS ON PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE: I Purchased this Porcelain Figurine of a Ballerina at an estate sale 2 weeks ago in Tennessee. The estate was 85% German porcelain. This one has the initials GDR. I can't find much online or in reference books about this maker.


Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Best regards

Ten

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Reply by John (admin guest from Marks4Antiques.com)

To:- PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE with GDR initials

Greetings

Yes, this is indeed German, Eastern German to be exact (GDR stands for German Democratic Republic, used for the Eastern part of Germany after it was divided following WWII). The most notable and likely maker of your piece is WAGNER & APEL (Thuringia, East Germany - 1877 to current day), a fine company making beautiful wares (for more information see also W & A, Wagner and Apel Hummel Type Figurines page).

You only have to look to see the beauty of this piece - the pose, the color, the intricacy and flow of the modeling. Germany was the front runner in producing European hard-paste porcelain as early as 1710. This piece is new in comparison, but a stunning item all the same.

John (admin)

Note of thanks to John:-

Many thanks for that John. Please visit John's excellent membership site - especially good if you have several pottery marks you need to identify, or you are a dealer or antiquer or yard sale lurker!

The following page of mine is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-

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Best regards,

Peter (admin)

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GDR INITIALS MARK ON PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE
by: Peter (admin)

GDR INITIALS MARK ON PORCELAIN BALLERINA FIGURINE: For my money, this is one of the prettiest figures I ever saw coming out of Germany. I am totally amazed it is such recent lineage. I learn something new everyday publishing this website. I had never heard of WAGNER & APEL before, let alone they were producing such stunning pieces of porcelain as recently as 1974. I wonder what happened to them after the wall went down?

****UPDATE****
since writing the above comment, we have had several more submissions about W & A WAGNER & APEL... and if you read my article lower down on the linked page, you can see the story of how they were put back into the hands of the original family after the fall of the Berlin wall, and last thing I heard were doing great.

Peter (admin)

GDR FIGURES
by: Anonymous

I've got a porsealian figure by GDR which has been reproduced by LLadro about 20 years later.

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