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The extremely rare Herse Group ceramics

Ceramic Herse Group by Elfriede Herse

The family catalogue production figures show that a total of around 1,000 Herse ceramic groups were produced in the years of 1942, 1943 and 1944. Elfriede Herse Elfriede Herse was the daughter of Henrik Herse, which was a successful German Author. Henrik Herse-Five cradles and one more Henrik Herse wrote a childrens' book in 1942, his daughter Elfriede did the illustrations for it. The title of the book was "Five cradles and one more". The story was about a family with five children and one more on it's way.
The porcellain manfucture Allach contacted Elfriede Herse and invited her to create ceramic figures out of her sketches. The Herse group was the largest production series by Allach Porcelain. The documents show that Heinrich Himmler had, on his gift list in 1942, the Herse Group send as a Christmas present for all wifes of SS force leaders. Even so the Herse Group had the highest number of units produced it is still fairly unknown. Keramik Herse Group with Child Likely because Allach collectors value and are therefore more focused on porcelain rather than ceramic. But the main reason, that the Herse Group is not much visible is that only the largest figure "Mother with Infant" got the markings of the Allach manufacturer with the SS runes, that too only a small series. Likely therefore most people are not aware that this group was manufactured bei Allach. The Herse Group consists of 6 figures, four of those have candle holders. They were made with red clay and many got a grey glazing.

Herse Group sketch by Elfriede Herse
Elfriede Herse sketch

 

Mother with Infant

Figure 1

Mother with Infant

E. Herse

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Big Girl with candle

Figure 2

Big Girl with candle

E. Herse

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Standing Boy with candle

Figure 3

Standing Boy with candle

E. Herse

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Kleines Mädchen mit Kerze

Figure 4

Jung Girl with candle

E. Herse

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Boy with flute

Figure 5

Boy with flute

E. Herse

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Sitting Child with candle

Figure 6

Sitting Child with candle

E. Herse

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