I have seen the bull before, with a farmer alongside. And I have seen the cow as a single. I have seen lots and lots of things--my photo archive has over 10,000 pictures--but I have never seen a figure looking as these did from the back
As you know, I am always tickled to learn something new and I sat up last night watching the auction. Bidding on this pair (estimate $7,000-12,000) opened at $9,000 because the auction house had two absentee bids. The pair went for $9,000, with the auctioneer muttering that the bidder would have been prepared to pay $12,000. (Must admit, I have never heard that type of information disclosed!). Maybe this time these bovine beasts have indeed gone to a Texas cattleman with an oversized mantle. In the right spot, they will look grand.
When I look at a figure, I always look beneath the base first because it has not been enameled and it tells me so much about the pot and the glaze. Look at the base of one of these cows and you will see what I mean. Lovely. In fact, I almost like the bottoms best.