MUSICIANS OF BREMEN 7.75"L X 9.5"H Limited Edition Size = 175 In 1953, the town fathers of Bremen, Germany erected a bronze statue by Gerhard Marcks to honor their native “sons”; specifically, the donkey, dog, cat and rooster from the Brothers Grimm’s tale “The Musicians of Bremen”. In the intervening years, the front hoofs of the donkey in the statue have been buffed to a high gloss from all of the visitors who believe their wishes will come true by touching them. Upon hearing this, the artists at Herend became inspired to create an all-metallic fishnet version of the famous quartet. Displaying copper, gold and platinum in a striking combination, the animals seem to come alive within their metallic skins via their natural eye coloration which imbues the figurine with a warm, expectant energy (of course, the animals’ state of anticipation is also because we have caught them at a dramatic point in the famous story).
Herend hand crafts porcelain dinnerware and home accessories adorned in a variety of hand painted patterns. Favorite patterns in the U.S. include Queen Victoria, introduced in 1851 and named for her royal majesty after she purchased a large set for Windsor Castle; Rothschild Bird, created for the European banking family in 1860 to portray a legend about Baroness Rothschild losing her pearl necklace in the family garden; and Chinese Bouquet, designed in 1930 for Hungarian Count Albert Apponyi . From the very beginning, Herend’s animal figurines painted in a fishnet design took the U.S. by storm. Now, over 50 years later, the ranks of enthusiasts clamoring for figurines in the signature Herend fishnet pattern continue to multiply.