MID CENTURY SOLID BRASS “FIRE HORSE” FIGURINE AFTER WALTER BOSSE

MID CENTURY SOLID BRASS “FIRE HORSE” FIGURINE AFTER WALTER BOSSE

FINISHED WITH A TYPICAL BLACK PATINATION REVEALING BRASS ACCENTS TO HIS MANE, EYES, BODY AND TAIL

CLASSIC WEDGE SHAPED DESIGN TO HIS LOWER LEG AREAS

MEASURING 100MM TALL BY 100MM LONG BY 27MM DEEP

HEAVY FOR HIS SIZE AT 250GMS

OFFERED IN EXCELLENT VINTAGE ORDER WITH LIGHT SURFACE WEAR ONLY

CIRCA MID CENTURY

UNSIGNED

(OUR MID CENTURY DECORATIVE BRASS ANIMALS ARE SOLD “IN THE MANNER” OF WALTER BOSSE AS IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE ORIGINS WITHOUT STUDIO MARKS PRESENT….. THEY ARE HOWEVER GENUINE MID CENTURY VINTAGE EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENT QUALITY AND NOT LATER COPIES)

AT THE END OF 1952, WALTER BOSSE MOVED FROM AUSTRIA, WHERE HE LIVED SINCE HIS BIRTH IN 1904, TO WESTERN GERMANY

HE SETTLED IN THE AREA OF ISERLOHN, BECAUSE CREDITORS WERE CHASING HIM AND HIS FRIENDS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS WERE CHEATING HIM

HE WANTED TO CONCENTRATE ON HIS JOB OF BEING AN ARTIST

THIS TIME WAS VERY PRODUCTIVE FOR BOSSE, AND HE CREATED AN ENTIRE COLLECTION OF NEW DESIGNS IN THE LATE 1950’S

DURING THAT PERIOD, THE HEDGEHOG ASHTRAY SET WAS BORN

IT WAS A REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN, AND QUICKLY BECAME POPULAR WORLDWIDE

HE WAS NOT ABLE TO EVEN KEEP UP WITH ALL THE INTERNATIONAL ORDERS AND LOOKED FOR PARTNERS TO PERFORM THE CASTING ON HIS BEHALF

SOME FOUNDRIES USED HIS MOULDS AND MASTERS WITHOUT DISCRETION AND SOLD MODELS ILLICITLY WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE

MEANWHILE, MANY THOUSANDS OF COPIES BASED ON BOSSE’S DESIGN WERE BEING PRODUCED AND SOLD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

THE RUSSIAN AIRLINE AEROFLOT EVEN PRODUCED A SET AS A GIFT GIVEN TO THEIR FREQUENT FLYERS

COPIES WERE MADE IN SPAIN, GREECE, ENGLAND, AUSTRIA AND GERMANY

BOSSE KNEW ABOUT THIS, BUT HE KEPT ON SELLING HIS HEDGEHOGS AT THE FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL FAIR FOR MANY YEARS

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, BOSSE’S HEDGEHOGS COULD HAVE MADE HIM A MILLIONAIRE: WOOLWORTH OFFERED BOSSE A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR THE COPYRIGHT OF THE ASHTRAY SET BUT BOSSE WOULD NOT AGREE

HE FEARED THAT WITH MASS-PRODUCTION, THE HEDGEHOGS WOULD LOSE THE CHARM AND QUALITY OF HIS ORIGINALS

BOSSE SPENT MOST OF HIS LATER YEARS FIGHTING COPYRIGHT CASES FOR HIS ITEMS, MOSTLY OVER THIS SET OF HEDGEHOG TRAYS AND HAND-SHAPED ASHTRAYS

THEY WERE AMONG HIS MOST PROLIFICALLY STOLEN DESIGNS

UNFORTUNATELY, HE WAS NOT ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE COURT’S DECISION

BOSSE DIED SOON AFTER THE COURT’S DECISION TO AWARD HIM COPYRIGHT OF HIS ITEMS

HIS WAS THE FIRST DECISION OF ITS KIND AND A LANDMARK CASE THAT WOULD LIVE ON AND BENEFIT ALL ARTS AND CRAFTS MAKERS AND DESIGNERS FROM THAT POINT FORWARD

MOD13E

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