This elegant matched pair of large Boehm glazed porcelain swans have open backs and feature hand painted 24K gilt trim. The birds' bodies are quite detailed with molded feathers and rectangular tab-like feet. The wings are positioned upwards, as are the tail feathers. The birds' long arched necks extend downwards so that their beaks rest against their necks themselves. The bodies are hollow enabling them to be used as ornamental accents or they can be utilized as vases for floral arrangements.
The porcelain swans are in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Each piece is 6.5" at the tallest point of the neck and measures approximately 8" from the breast to the back of the tail. The body is 5" across as measured from the widest point of the wings. The opening is 3.5" by 4" at its widest and 2.75" at its shallowest point by the tail. The base is 5.25" by 5.75" and the undersides bear a stamped Boehm mark consisting of a crossed laurel "B" and the words "EDWARD M BOEHM TRENTON NJ" along with original paper labels. The pair weighs 2lbs 4 oz.
These rare circa 1950s Boehm porcelain swans display beautifully and would make a wonderful addition to any collection of fine porcelain or work equally well showcased on their own. They are an ideal table ornament and look great whether empty or holding floral arrangements. An appealing and useful decorative accent from a highly regarded maker.
A note on the maker:
Boehm, originally known as E. M. Porcelain, was founded by sculptor Edward Marshall Boehm and his wife, Helen, in 1950. Boehm is world-renowned for its exquisite detail and is held in the collections of more than 130 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hermitage, the Smithsonian and the Vatican Museum in Rome.