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Item/Description: Vintage ca 1940s-1960s “Dee Bee Co. Imports Japan" hand-painted “Boy with Fuzzy-Wuzzy Hair & Leashed Dog” ceramic figurines set.
***This delightful “Dynamic Duo” will steal your heart if you let them. The boy, who is posing in a semi-squatting stance, sports an Afro-style “mop” of ever-so-soft fuzzy-wuzzy hair (? rabbit fur), and he is casually though fashionably attired in an off-the-shoulder sailor-style vertical-striped shirt.
In his hand is a metalwork chain leash attached to which is the (? Spaniel/Labrador Retriever/Lab) dog which he is walking.
His painted-on facial features and expression consist of rosy cheeks, mischievously expressive wide-open side-glancing eyes, highly arched/raised eyebrows above super-long eyelashes, and an open, parted lips mouth.
Excerpted Online Research Information About “Dee Bee Co.”: In researching this company’s history, they also at one time did business as “D. B. Co. N.Y. Gotham Brand”, as well as “Dan Brechener & Company, Importers of Toys, Novelties” (at least as far back as 1937).
Age/Period: Vintage - ca. 1940s-1960s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Original red & gold foil label on underside of boy figure reads "Original Dee Bee Co. Imports Hand Painted Japan".
Material(s)/Format: Both figures are made of porcelain ceramic. The little boy figure’s fuzzy-wuzzy hair greatly looks and feels like the hair on a “rabbit’s foot” (? real animal hair), the underside/base of which is a pelt-like piece by which it is attached to his head.
*Boy figural measures 6 & ½"H (measured from the bottom of his base to the top of his “high-rising” hair). His base measures 2 ½”W x 1 7/8" Deep.
*Dog statue measures 2 1/8"H.
Quantity: Set consists of two (2) figurines.
Condition: Excellent, with no cracks, breaks, crazing, paint loss or repairs. There is a minimally noticeable teeny flea-bite graze on the front rose-pink upper vertical stripe of the boy’s shirt, and a portion of hair loss/"balding" on the lower back side of his head. The underside of the pedestal base exhibits black (? marker) residue.