Augarten Vienna. Piaffe

The Piaffe is one of eight figures in the Spanish Riding School series from the Viennese Porcelain factory Augarten and each figure is made of 68 different single pieces to achieve the highest quality and hand painted by a fine artist.

The rider is wearing a black tailcoat, boots and hat. The white horse has a double bridle in black with a red and gold trim saddle cloth.

The oval base with gilt inscription Piaffe-spanische Reitschule  

Prof. Albin Döbrich creator, 1926.

Underneath: underglaze-blue crown over a beehive over Wien and red mark of the Porcelain Manufactory Augarten;

Model # 1590

H. 23.5 cm high x 22 cm base

Condition: Excellent, no damages to the porcelain or gilding.

Retail price 3200.00 €uros

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Horses at the Vienna porcelain factory

Since it’s inception in 1718 horses have been an important category for the assortment of figurines at the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory. The creations of Karin Jarl-Sakellarios and Prof. Robert Ullman, in the first half of the 20th century, convey the delicate though rippled bodies of these impressive animals. The sculptures from Prof. Robert Ullmann stand out due to their complex posture and capitation of moment.

Classically minded Vienna fans will prefer the Spanish Riding School figures from Augarten porcelain. The most famous poses have been captured naturally in precious white porcelain. Mainly designed in the 1920s and 30s by Albin Döbrich and Karin Jarl-Sakellarios, they continue to be sought-after collector pieces. Originally these horses meant to be souvenirs of the Spanish Riding School. These exquisite sculptures express a unique bond and reliance between Horse and Cavalier. Like no other material the famous white porcelain from the Augarten porcelain factory is able to present these elegant animals, which are most important to Viennese cultural history.
The Baroque HORSE BALLET was derived from the tradition of the training for service on the battlefield. In 1580 Archduke Carl founded the Lipizzaner stud near Triest, which has been located at Piber (Styria) since the First World War. Fischer von Erlach constructed the imperial winter riding school next to the Viennese Hofburg between 1729 and 1735. It is the only riding school of its kind to have survived the Napoleonic wars intact. It was opened to the public at the beginning of the 20th century.

Prof. Albin Döbrich

Albin Döbrich designed six figures of the Spanish Riding School for the porcelain factory Augarten.

The light playful movements of the horses with their special elegance were inspiration for the sculptor Albin Döbrich. He had a very strong affinity for the Lipizzaners – he studied them and their riders very thoroughly and created excellent and very elaborate groups of figures. From 1926 – 1927 TRAB, COURBETTE, IN THE PILARS, LEVADE and PIAFFE all emerged.

Since the figures consist of several parts – a Spanish rider of up to 70 individual parts – their production requires a lot of experience with porcelain as well as artistic skill.



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