Cavalry

by | Feb 5, 2018

Prof. Th. Kärner with military rider

When looking at the models from the Allach porcelain manufacturer, you can see a series of objects, such as traditional costumes, Morisk dancers, soldiers on foot or equestrian statuettes. In many cases, these series come from an artist who mostly worked on the same subject over the years, as did Professor Theodor Kärner, who, in addition to animal figurines, designed all of the so far known equestrian statuettes by the Allach porcelain manufacturer. In the monthly report of December 1941 of the PMA is listed under planning: “Kärner: Panduhr and Ziethenhusar” … and stated: “Prof. Kärner worked on completing the equestrian series, Förster worked on the series “Fußvolk”. “This proves that the equestrian figures and foot soldiers were designed as a series by the PMA.

Theodor Kärner was born on January 10, 1884 in Hohenberg an der Eger and died on September 6 in Munich. Gerhard P. Woeckel judges in the catalog for the memory exhibition in the Museum of the German Porcelain Industry in Hohenberg on the occasion of Kärner’s 100th birthday: “It cannot be overlooked that the artist, who comes from Hohenberg an der Eger and was at home in Munich, also belongs to an elite of sculptors, which made a decisive contribution to the worldwide reputation of German porcelain sculpturing in the first decades of this century.”
An in-depth appreciation of Kärner and his life’s work is unnecessary here, since there is a corresponding publication in the aforementioned catalog for the memory exhibition in Hohenberg.

In addition to a variety of different animal sculptures, the Carinthian creative period runs through the occupation with horse sculptures as a common thread.
The workings of Kärner are stated in the cultural monthly: “Munich Mosaic” from 1938: “If historical groups are concerned, then (Kärner) first acquainted himself with the subject through thorough study of historical costume and zeitgeist sources, designs with the pencil the composition and models the horse and rider with an annoying hand. They are his favorites.”

Before working for the Allach porcelain manufacturer, Kärner worked for Nymphenburg and Rosenthal.
From 1936 until the beginning of the war in 1939, Kärner created 43 models. In addition, there were several special designs. The SS rider, model # 0, is probably the earliest rider representation for the PMA. Theodor Kärner created this equestrian sculpture in 1934. The model number at Rosenthal was 1549. If the model numbers were assigned chronologically, the SS rider could have been finished at the end of 1934, because the model number 1549 is the last one in 1934. That the model 1549 by the Allach porcelain manufacturer continued use from 1936 results from a copy of the SS rider, which appeared in the art trade and, in addition to the PMA manufacture mark, also bears the Rosenthal model number 1549, therefore it was shaped before the PMA model number “0” was assigned to it.

Until the beginning of the war, Kärner also modeled the Seydlitz cuirassier, model No. 17, the Guard Hussar officer, model No. 29, the Amazon, model No. 82, the Guard Hussars, model No. 93 and Friedrich the Great, model No. 94.
In the war, model No. 115, Zieten Hussar, model No. 121, Malachowski hussar and model No. 163 gendarme on horseback followed.

All equestrian figures represent top performances and, due to their rarity, are among the most sought-after and with “high-priced” products that were manufactured in the Allach porcelain factory.

# 17 Seydliß cuirassier officer
– Manufactured in 1935-1944

# 29 Body guard hussar
– Manufactured in 1937, 1938 und 1940

# 93 Body guard hussar
– Manufactured from 1939

# 94 Frederick the Great
– Manufactured from 1939

# 97 Dragoon Officer
– Manufactured from 1939

# 115 Zieten Husar
– Manufactured from 1942

# 121 Malachowski Husar
– Manufactured from 1942

Two other rider figures are mentioned, but they do not fall into this category.

# 0 SS-Rider, please see political figurines;

This figure is more of a political figure, so it is suitable for two groups of collectors: the rider and the political collector.

# 82 Amazon, please see other figurines;

You can also view or download a PDF catalog of all porcelain cavalry figurines here:

PDF logo Allach Porcelain cavalry figurines listing – 157 KB

The rider figure model # 17 Seydlitz cuirassier is available in two forms:

All figures with the features (a) have real gold painting. The use of gold was prohibited in the war. In contrast, the figures with the features (b) have been switched to yellow and ocher.

Left early design (a)
17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (a) - looks to right with smaller Parade feather bush <> ESC key closes zoom preview

looks to right
smaller Parade feather bush

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (a) - Pistol grip pointing forward <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Pistol grip pointing forward

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (a) - thinner and longer bundle of hair <> ESC key closes zoom preview

thinner and longer bundle of hair

Right later design (b)
17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (b) - looks straight with bigger Parade feather bush <> ESC key closes zoom preview

looks straight
bigger Parade feather bush

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (b) - Pistol grip pointing backwards <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Pistol grip pointing backwards

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (b) - thicker and shorter bundle of hair <> ESC key closes zoom preview

thicker and shorter bundle of hair

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (a) <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 17 (a)

Seydliß cuirassier officer

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured between 1935-appr.1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (a), painted <> ESC Taste schließt Vergrößerung!

Model # 17 (a)

Seydliß cuirassier officer, painted

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured between 1935-appr.1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (b), painted <> ESC Taste schließt Vergrößerung!
17 Seydliß cuirassier officer (b), painted <> ESC Taste schließt Vergrößerung!

Model # 17 (b)

Seydliß cuirassier officer, painted

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured between appr.1940-1944

Prof. Th. Kärner

93 Body guard hussar <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 93

Body guard hussar

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured from 1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

93 Body guard hussar, painted <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 93

Body guard hussar, painted

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured from 1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

94 Frederick the Great <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 94

Frederick the Great

1740-1786
Manufactured from 1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

94 Frederick the Great, painted <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 94

Frederick the Great, painted

1740-1786
Manufactured from 1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

97 Dragoon Officer, painted <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 97

Dragoon Officer, painted

1740-1786 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured from 1939

Prof. Th. Kärner

115 Zieten Hussar, painted <> ESC key closes zoom preview

Model # 115

Zieten Hussar, painted

1756 from the time of King Friedrich II (Frederick the Great)
Manufactured from 1942

Prof. Th. Kärner

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