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Goldscheider Vienna Till Eulenspiegel Owlglass by Josef Lorenzl Height 35.0 cm

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Exceptional Art Déco Goldscheider Figurine by Josef Lorenzl Designed by Josef LORENZL (1892 - 1950), one of the most important designers having been active for Goldscheider manufactory in the period of 1920 - 1940. Model 5509 was created 1923/1924. Made circa 1925-1930 Specifications: The young man dressed as a jester with a fool's cap sits on a black base. An owl sits on his left outstretched hand. With the right index finger raised, the fool seems to regulate the bird. Referring to his name, 'Eulenspiegel', which literally translated means: 'owl mirror', the young man seems to hold the owl in front of him as a - mirror. Keep in mind that the owl is a symbol of prudence and wisdom ... 'Till Eulenspiegel' is the protagonist of a Central Low German folk book that first appeared around 1510. According to this collection of droll stories, Eulenspiegel was a roaming scoundrel of the 14th century who pretended to be stupid but was actually clever and always played new tricks on his fellow men. Eulenspiegel's pranks often result from the fact that he takes a figurative phrase literally. The book, whose author remained unknown, became a bestseller as early as the 16th century. (Wikipedia) 'Eulenspiegel' made his main entrance in English- speaking culture late in the nineteenth century as 'Owlglass', but was first mentioned in English literature by Ben Jonson in his comedic play 'The Alchemist'. Bibliography: Dechant / Goldscheider: GOLDSCHEIDER History of the company and catalogue of works, Stuttgart (Germany), 2007, Page 408, Number 5509 Size: Height 35.0 cm / 13.77 in Width 22.0 cm / 8.66 in Depth 23.0 cm / 9.05 in Condition: excellent.

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