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We are so pleased to be offering this very early, exquisitely detailed, large antique porcelain Karl Ens figurine of an oriole. Standing an impressive 8-1/4" tall, this fine bird measures 8-1/2" from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail, and stands on a base that is 3-3/4" long. This stunning antique porcelain figurine was produced by the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory of Volkstedt, Germany during the early 20th century. As you can see from our photographs, the moulding on the wings, tail, feet and base branch is detailed in the marvelous and painstaking way that is the hallmark of Karl Ens porcelain figurines. In addition, the backstamp on our antique porcelain bird is the very early and very rare black windmill mark used by the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory. This antique porcelain Karl Ens oriole bird figurine is of exceptional quality, finished in a shiny glaze and hand painted in vivid hues of yellow, grey and black. In excellent, pristine condition with no damage or condition issues to report, this large Karl Ens antique porcelain oriole figurine is a superb piece. A wonderful addition for any Karl Ens or antique German porcelain figurine collection, our antique German porcelain oriole bird figurine is sure to delight any person who appreciates beautiful, well-crafted objects!
BRIEF HISTORY: Porzellanfabrik Karl Ens -- the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory -- operated from 1890 to 1972. In 1860, Karl Ens (pater) and a man by the name of Triebner established a porcelain manufacturing business called Triebner, Ens & Co. Over the next few decades their products became highly regarded, due largely to the efforts and talent of Ens' two sons, Eduard and Karl. In 1899 Karl Ens (pater) left the company together with his sons and founded Porzellanfabrik Karl Ens in Volkstedt Thuringia Germany. This new company quickly developed a reputation for the high quality and artistry of its products. Rather than producing dinnerware and other utilitarian objects, the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory focused on the production of exquisite, ornamental objects that were highly prized by those lucky enough to afford them. Karl Ens (fil) operated the porcelain factory from 1919 to 1939. The Karl Ens Porcelain Factory continued its operations until 1972, when it was nationalized as VEB Unterglasurporzellanfabrik, and then merged into VEB Sitzendorfer Porzellanmanufaktur from 1974 - 1990. After 1990 the former Karl Ens Porcelain Factory was again privatized. While the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory has utilized a number of different marks over the years, its windmill mark is the most continuously used and the most famous. The distinctive windmill mark used by the Karl Ens Porcelain Factory can be dated by its color: the windmill mark in black was used before WWI, the windmill mark in green was used after WWI and before WWII, and the windmill mark in blue has been in use since the end of WWII until present day.