The Victorians had an obsession for shoes because they were harder to come by in those days, as they were often custom made by a cobbler, and few had the privilege of owning more than one pair worn until needing to be replaced; the shoe was very much a signature possession. And in celebration of the shoe, I present you with a SUPER RARE ONE ~ this all bisque baby sitting in a shoe has to be one of the finest, if not thee finest, of ALL Heubach creations ~ superior quality life-like bisque, deeply intaglio eyes highlighted by two white dots, nicely blushed cheeks, smiling open rosebud mouth, feathered eyebrows (the kind one sees on dolls from the 1800's), charming dimples, and superior modelling throughout! He's even wearing the white dotted chemise with turquoise green bow that is common apparel for most of the piano babies made by Heubach. The tramp shoe is a combination of mint green & pea green and beige with a darker brown sole. Fully marked with the Gebruder Heubach sunburst mark incised on bottom front of shoe, late 19th century, HUMONGOUS 12.0" H x 11.0" L x 6.5" W (one of the largest ever seen!!!!!), excellent vintage condition with a repaired big toe on right foot (as seen in pics) & a dab of yellow paint on lock of hair hanging on forehead (easily removed with paint thinner if new owner desires to do so), and of course the usual typical manufacturing cracks in the crevices which isn't considered a fault since it occurred during the firing process. Near Mint Condition; truly an Outstanding once-in-a-lifetime piece! :)
FYI: he can be seen in Parlour Fancies: The bisque figurines of Gebruder Heubach in a much much smaller common size with a price realized of $400 for a 4-inch one & a price realized of $575 for a 5-inch one (copies of pictures & price realized included in sale). Also, he can be seen on page 141 of Porcelain & Pottery Shoes in a 4.75-inch size, which lists a price of $600, and also states the following:
"this was made in several sizes, the smallest and most accessible of which was 3.5-inches long, valued at $350. The values of the larger sizes increase substantially with an increase in size. Those in the range of about 6.5-inches long to about 12-inches long have been selling on internet auctions for prices from about $1,000 at the shorter length to about $3,000 at the longer. The largest sizes have open eyelets. The opening through the hand in the raised arm may have been for a shoelace on these larger models." (copy of picture & words included in sale).
***Note:*** I'm very excited about offering this piece to the public because it's the very first time I've ever had this exceptionally rare piece in my collection! ENJOY! :)