Thursday, December 27, 2012

1938 Snow White Bisque Figurines from Japan

Bisque porcelain is unglazed, white ceramic ware. A popular use for bisque was the manufacture of dolls and figurines. This Snow White set was imported from Japan by the George Borgfeldt Corporation, NYC. Dates from 1938. Hand-painted. It came in a couple of different sizes.

In the smaller set, the dwarf figures measure approximately 2.5" tall and Snow White 3.5".







Dan Alexander of the Dizmentia site has provided us with some close-up shots of the Dopey figure. The piece came from his grandmother's collection which she'd acquired during the movie's initial release in the late 1930s.





And here's a nice shot of the entire set from Major Pepperidge of Gorillas Don't Blog.



The dimensions of the smaller box are 5" x 9" x 1.5".





The larger set has a box size of 9.5'' x 17'' x 2.5''. The dwarfs stand approximately 4.875" tall and Snow is 6".

7 comments:

  1. Old bisque figurines were some of the first Disney items I collected... mostly Mickey and Minnie, but others as well. I had various sizes of Snow White and the Dwarfs, ranging from about 2.5 inches tall to almost 5 inches tall. But I never had the boxes, as much as I wanted at least ONE. I still remember a very rare set in the box in which the Dwarfs are playing instruments, that one was expensive!

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    1. Major, do you still have any of the Snow White figures? Pics?

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  2. I still have some, but they are pretty common... all except for one rare Snow White bisque with moveable arms. It's at my parent's house, but I'll try to take a photo of it the next time I'm there (should be soon).

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  3. Hi, i have an old Snow white chalkware set.. i wonder if i can upload pictures somwhere to see if anybody has seen them before ?

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    1. Hi Scott, You can upload them to the Snow White Archive facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SnowWhiteArchive

      Filmic Light readers often view and make comments on other people's upload pics there.

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  4. Also, Scott, feel free to email us the pics too if you want. The larger the better. If it's something we haven't posted before, we'll be happy to do one on your figs (with credit going to you, of course). You can email us at the address found on this page: https://www.blogger.com/profile/04715594290214114608

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