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Walter Bosse 'Bambi' Deer Family

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A highly characterful mother deer & fawn, designed by Walter Bosse and produced at the Herta Baller workshop, Austria, circa 1953. 

Whilst Bosse designed hundreds of animal objects and figurines from the 1940's into the 60's, he very rarely took inspiration from popular culture. References, if any, were generally from traditional Germanic tales such as 'The Musicians of Bremen' or 'Max & Moritz'. Whilst the story of Bambi was originally written by an Austrian author, Felix Salten in 1923, the way in which Bosse has modelled the deers undeniably evokes Walt Disney's stylisation in the 1942 film. 

The deer have been beautifully modelled by Bosse and cast to an exceptional standard at Herta Baller's Viennese workshop. Bosse has captured so much personality in the patinated brass figures, particularly the mother deer, with her wide and observing eyes and perky tail. She is larger and more substantial than most of Bosse's other works, as she shields the young fawn whose timid stance warrants her care and protection.

Together, these deer are a highly decorative and evocative pair, and would be a stand-out addition to any Bosse collection. 

Designer: Walter Bosse

Manufacturer: Herta Baller

Year of Design: C. 1950

Dates Produced: C. 1950-55

Colour: Black, Gold

Mother, Height: 10 cm, Width: 9 cm, Depth: 6 cm

Fawn, Height: 5 cm, Width: 4 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Branding: “Baller Austria” stamp (mother) & “Austria” stamp (fawn)

Condition: Perfect