Extremely R-A-R-E Heubach Victorian figures (in fact the first of its kind as I have NEVER seen these ones before, plesae see below for more info. on this rare sports pair) of two adults ~ a man & a woman ~ obviously both at the race track! She a wealthy spectator/bystander or could even be the owner as evidenced by her fancy decor, complete with binoculars, matching jockey cap, leather boots, shiny gold necklace & earrings, long leather gloves, and beautiful outfit; whereas He is outfitted equally splendidly to match her, however he is obviously a famous jockey of some renown, as evidenced by the gold & silver medals he wears on his chest, along with the cigar he holds to celebrate his latest victory/win. Hmm, because of the laurel wreath attached to his winner's sash I'm wondering if he could be at the Olympics (equestrian)!?! Either that or he just won the Kentucky Derby, lol! :D Whatever the case, they both are spectactular figures, totally charming & realistic in their depictions, handcrafted down to the minutest detail by a master craftsman, the best I have personally ever seen from Heubach (pictures don't do them justice), as well the handpainting is first rate, everything about these pieces is phenomenal ~ haunting doll-like faces the kind one sees on dolls from the 1800's ~ complete with intaglio eyes, open smiling mouths with molded teeth, sculpted features & hair, gold leaf design & gold highlights throughout, blushed cheeks, creamy complexions, and gorgeously sculpted realistic-looking horse posts complete with gold rings to attach the horses to, no identifying marks but attributed to Gebruder Heubach (please see info. below), 19th century, each a WHOPPING 20" tall! (& they weigh 16 pounds), both in excellent vintage condition, however as is common for pieces of this age, they do have some issues ~ the man only has an itty bitty paint skip or chip to the very end of the whip that he holds & also a tiny part of his sash has been repaired, whereas the woman looks to have had some outstanding professional repairs to her left arm, waist, and base; they are so well done that I didn't even know that they were repaired & I guarantee that you will have to look as equally hard as I did to detect them, which I'm not surprised as they came from a wealthy millionaire's estate in Florida, and as I said earlier all commensurate with pieces of this age, and all totally unnoticeable & in no way detracts from not only the extreme rarity of these pieces, but also their absolute stunning display! :)
FYI: two similar sporting figures (one a boxer & the other a gentleman) that are identified as Heubach can be seen on page 27 of the German language book NIPPES CIESLIKS PREISFUHRER by Gitta Grundmann (copy of picture included in sale).
NOTE: I personally have n-e-v-e-r seen these ones before, ever, didnt' even know they existed until I found them at said millionaire's estate auction. However, I knew right away they were Heubach, as I've been collecting over a decade now, and also I recall seeing similar ones in the aforementioned book. Up until now the only Heubach Sportsmanship Figures I was aware of were the usual Tennis Players, Baseball Players, Bicycle Riders, and Ballerinas, and also the occasional Children playing children's games (aka stick & hoop, jumprope, blind man's bluff, etc.). But I never have I seen these ones, WOW! I honestly couldn't believe my luck when I found them, the first of their kind, unique, rare, extraordinary!
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