This charming duckling was made by the Porzellanfiguren Lippelsdorf porcelain manufacturer which has gone through many incarnations in its history without ever closing. It is primarily connected to the Bernhard Wagner family since about 1877. The most popular figurines were sculpted from illustrations by Hilla Peyk and Bertram and sculpted by Eugen Dotterweich. However Wagner had a soft spot for animal figurines. This company was known as Porzellanmanufakteur Wagner, Apel & Leube, then Porzellanmanufakteur Wagner & Apel until after WWII.
When Germany was divided in 1949, the company was instantly nationalized but the Wagner family was allowed to continue working there as employees. The company was renamed V E B Porzellanfiguren Lippelsdorf in 1949. They expanded their range but continued to produce figurines.
After the reunification of Germany in 1989, the factory was reprivatized and returned to the Wagner family.
This little duck (one of three I have) was made between 1951 and 1990 and the mark is shown on plate # 4-09 on the website below.
The duck is bisque ware and is hand painted in medium brown on slightly off-white porcelain. The three ducks are all the same mold but brush strokes vary very slightly. I am selling them individually but if you want all 3 just click buy 3 times. I will refund 2 of the shipping fees or email me in advance for an adjusted invoice. The ducks look sweet on a round of mirror as though they are swimming in a pond.
The duck measures 3 x 2 x 2 inches high. It is marked with an ink stamped crown with a cross on top below which is 1877 GDR. 72017 is impressed into the bottom. Condition is perfect.
One of the photos show all the ducks together but this listing is for one only.