This pretty realism figurine was made between 1958 and 1962 by the famous porcelain firm of Bing and Grøndahl, founded in 1853 by the sculptor Frederik Vilhelm Grøndahl and merchant brothers Meyer Hermann Bing and Jacob Herman Bing in Copenhagen, Denmark. The statuette, commonly called "Girl Feeding Chickens," was designed by Danish artist Axel Locher (1879-1941), who came to work at B & G in 1897, working under the Artistic Director J.F. Willumsen for his first three years. Locher is particularly known for his pastoral figurines, depicting scenes of country life that were very popular, especially in Denmark. We've included an old photo of the Bing and Grøndahl location in Copenhagen, taken around the time this figurine was made.
This charming young woman feeding her chickens (and one rooster) is dressed in blue with a white kerchief on her head. She stands 9 1/4 inches tall on a 2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch oval base and weighs a little over a pound. The trademark backstamp for Bing & Grøndahl (B&G) porcelains is the three towers based on the coat of arms of Copenhagen. The printed green mark on the bottom of this figurine was used from 1958 through 1962. It's in wonderful condition, save for a tiny chip we discovered on the comb of one of the hens (pictured in photo # 8), which is reflected in the price. It's a beautiful figurine to add to a Danish porcelain collection or to adorn a tabletop, chest or shelf.
***The framed oil on canvas of a snowy farm by Canadian artist Emily Faw shown in our photo is available here: