The Hiker


A rare advertising sign for the Schwarzburger Werkstätten factory.

Porcelain Figurine of Man Resting and taking in the view while Hiking, designed by Otto Thiem in 1909. The original design was altered in the 1920’s to the piece I have for sale and was made as an advertising item for the factory.

The bare foot Male Hiker, with Cap, Knapsack and detachable walking stick, rests one leg on a low wall on which is etched the wording Schwarzburger Werkstätten Porzellan – impressed fox, the factory’s symbol.

Measures 25.5 cm high x 22 cm wide x 12 cm deep.

Blue factory mark for  Schwarzburger Werkstätten – impressed running fox.

Dates to the early years of the factory – circa 1930

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, checked with UV light.

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Schwarzburger Werkstätten factory

Founded in 1909 by Max Adolf Pfeiffer as an art department of the Unterweissbacher Werkstätten für Porzellankunst. In the mid-twenties the “workshops” moved to the Volkstedt, which at times was united with Unterweissbach, where under the direction of Dr. Ing. Edmund Tröster the art department further expanded. They employed famous sculptors like Mauritius Pfeiffer, Dorothea Charol, Claire Volkhardt; Otto Thiem, Martha Schlameus, Paul Scheurich, Etha Richter, Wilhelm Neuhäuser and local artists such as Gustav Oppel, Arthur Storch and Hugo Meisel, all of whose figures are highly sought after today.

The early models were branded with the workshops running Fox.

Production continues today at the “Schwarzburger Werkstätten für Porzellankunst”  with modern artists, such as Kati Zorn, Walter Kirchner, Peter Strang, etc.

Otto Thiem (1876-1956)
German Sculptor from Thuringia most famous for his collection of 18 figures for Schwarzburger “Jagdtafelschmuck”, commissioned by Princess Anna Luise (1871-1951) as a gift for her husband. He produced many sculptures of hunting figures for the factory and exhibited at the Great Art exhibition in Dresden winning many awards for his work.


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