On the cow theme, I noticed this unusual cow, also in Madelena's stock.
John's cow has the same base as Madelena's but John's was made without a bocage. You see quite a few other instances of figures made with or without bocages. This is far from uncommon.
If you prefer sheep, who could resist this perky fella, again in the stock of Madelena. All that eye make-up made me think this might be an ewe, but the big horns say otherwise. Very, very pretty, is it not?
The best things are meant to come in small parcels, and this pair of figures is really tiny, at about 3" each.
Still with Madelena, how about this rare dog? I have one other like this in my archive, and the bocage is totally restored. Not a pretty sight! This pooch is in original condition.
As I wade through my archive to work on my book, I constantly am reminded of how rare fine figures have become. As a result, when all else seems to be collapsing...the euro, the Dow Jones, housing prices, job prospects.....early pottery is more than holding up. And so it should be. They are not making any more!! Life is short, so don't hesitate to buy yourself a gift too this holiday season. Remember that when you buy pottery you are not spending money. Instead you are just transferring your assets from one medium to another.