A lovely 1950s Dresden style fashionable lady performer in an incredibly complicated & gorgeous ball gown. This stunning figurine is by Martha Budich of Kronach, Bavaria (see history below). This classic form is expertly hand decorated and carries the Germany Dresden stamp that was used from 1950 only until 1963. This is a beautiful & valuable Bavarian collectible. The Porzellanmanufaktur Martha Budich was in business from 1951 until 1977. Next to creating her own small series of figures, Martha Budich mainly hand decorated items purchased from other manufacturers (some Meissen), & finishing them in the Dresden tradition. Inspired by the mark used by the former Pech company, she created a similar mark which used her own initials as sword handle replacements. The East German (and by then state-owned) VEB Staatliche Porzellanmanufaktur Meissen, trademark owner of the famous 'crossed swords' mark, had silently tolerated the previous mark form used by Pech before 1950.But, since the political situation which resulted from the 1949 establishment of the two separate states of Germany, the East German company demanded that Budich, as a West German business, should immediately change her base mark. Budich refused and the whole matter ended up before court. The lawyers representing the VEB Staatliche Porzellanmanufaktur Meissen knowing that Budich was a small entity, realized that her financial background would not allow her to continue forever. Thus in 1963, the court finally ruled against Martha Budich and she was finally forced to change her mark. The years following the court case were not nearly as successful as those before. Consequently, there are very few examples of her later work to be found. Under duress, the business eventually closed in 1977.
Condition: fair for age. fingers and some pieces of lace missing