Quality Reproduction Porcelain Heubach Piano Baby Figurines
by Evelyn Stanbury, DAG GMDM
Grand Master Doll Maker and Certified Doll Artisan Guild Instructor.
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I have always been fascinated with the delightful Piano Babies produced by the Gebruder Heubach in the late 1800's to early 1900's. These figures were extremely popular in Victorian England, and have become sought after by discerning collectors today. Like the wonderful antique dolls, the figurines that have survived unscathed for over 100 years are rare. Because of their delicacy, most have succumbed to the loss of a finger, toe or some other embellishment. Some even suffer from the loss of paint. Regardless, they are highly cherished by collectors today.
As I have studied the Gbr. Heubach's doll production, I have also studied their porcelain figurines. In fact, the two studies overlap at times, because as the Gbr. Heubach Company moved into the production of dolls, they "borrowed" the heads from many of their figurines, easily adapting the heads to various body structures.
I have also been lucky enough to be able to purchase several antique figurines, and have used these as reference for the painting of my own reproductions. While authenticity is always my goal, I have to acknowledge that some of the painting on the antiques is not really of the highest quality. When I reproduce these figures, I try not to reproduce what I refer to as "mistakes" in the original example. I pick the best features from all the different figures that I study, and try to incorporate these into the one final result.... my reproduction. I like to believe that, were I alive and working in the Heubach factory in the late 1800's, early 1900's, I would have strived to produce the finest quality porcelain pieces for my employer. The pieces I produce today, would, I hope, represent the finest examples of work to leave the factory.
Until now, I have not made my figural work available for resale as I fall so deeply in love with each piece upon completion, so it is rare for me to part with them. Figurines are much harder to complete than doll heads, as the complexity of the body parts in the figurine makes preparation of the greenware, from the actual pouring to firing into bisque, and then the subsequent painting, much harder to deal with. Conversely, the "reward" or price that you can charge for the finished piece is not commensurate with the amount of work or the talent required to produce it. However, even I have to admit that there is only so much room in my house for my output, and thus I have come to accept that if I wish to continue making these items (and I DO!!!) I will have to offer some of my production up for sale.
The figurines shown here are samples of the quality of work that we produce - with my husband doing the pouring, and myself doing the assembly, cleaning, painting and firing. Each Piano Baby is made specially for it's new owner. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery of your own special Piano Baby once it is ordered and payment is received.
Please click on the photo of each piano baby to go to a page with full details and more photos.
The Following Piano Babies are Not Heubach's, but are Lovely Just the Same.
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This page last edited on
July 18th, 2007