Pied Piper of Hameln – Wagner & Apel, Germany 1877
Estimated Price : INR 479,480.00
The Pied Piper of Hameln from 1877 is a Wagner & Apel handmade fine porcelain. It has been hallmarked with a blue crown and Made in Germany stamp. This is virtually the single piece and a rare find with no defects or markings.
70 cm x 60 cm
Handmade Fine Porcelain
The story of the Pied Piper of Hameln goes back to the year 1284.
It was said that there was a rat plague in Hameln and the people did not know what to do. A stranger appeared on the scene, dressed in pied (multicoloured) clothing. He claimed to be a rat-catcher and that he could rid the town of all the rats and mice in exchange for a certain fee. The burghers agreed to pay him the reward and the rat-catcher produced a small pipe which he played. Soon, all the rats and mice came crawling out from all the houses and gathered around the piper. When he was sure that none remained behind, he walked out of the town and to the River Weser. The whole pack followed after him and fell into the water and drowned. When the burghers found that they had been delivered from the plague, they regretted their promise of a reward and they reneged on their payment to the piper. He was furious and left town in anger, vowing to return to seek revenge.
On 26 June, the piper returned to Hameln, this time dressed as a hunter, with an odd red hat. While everyone had gathered in church on St. John and St. Paul’s Day, he once again let the sound of his pipe ring through the alleys. Soon, not rats and mice, but children – boys and girls aged four and older – came running out in great numbers. Playing all the while, the piper led them out the eastern gate and into a mountain where he vanished with them. In all, it is told that one hundred thirty boys and girls followed the piper out of the town.
Depending on the version of the tale, it is said that three children were left behind – one was deaf and didn’t hear the music, one was blind and couldn’t follow and the third was lame and could not keep up with the piper and the others. As with all forkloric tales, there are many versions, conclusions and theories on the origin of the legend. But in spite of the darkness of the tale and regardless of the details, the Pied Piper of Hamelin is considered the most famous of German legends in the world. It attracts millions of visitors to Hameln each year and in summer an average of 3,500 visitors each day watch actors in historic costumes perform the story of the procession of the Hameln children on the terrace of the Hochzeitshaus.
The secrets of the Pied Piper can also be learned at the Hameln Museum in Osterstrasse, Hameln.
It is The Pied Piper of Hamelin playing the pipe. The man’s figurine is clad in medieval garments (feathered hat, coat, close-fitting pant), sitting on a rock. He himself is tall and thin with loose hair. The coat is what gives him his name.The adjective pied means “of two colors.” Originally, the two colors were black and white, the colors of a magpie. Magpie is where the “pie” comes from. Here Pied Piper is accompanied by six rats trying to crawl on the rock, mesmerized by his magical music. According to the legend, he intends to lead the vermins to follow him where he wants with his secret charm. Almost immediately, the rats come out from everywhere and follow him as he plays and dances through the streets, until he finally gets to the Weser river and leads them all but one to their deaths by drowning.
This Wagner & Apel porcelain figurine is made entirely by hand. Their dedication, patience and craftsmanship is clearly visible in the figurine. This is a single rare piece with no defects or damages
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it not only liberated those Germans who had been dominated by Communist rule for 28 years, it also revealed artistic treasures that had long been hidden. One of those treasures is a small family business, porcelain manufacturer, “Wagner & Apel 1877″. Located in Lippelsdorf, a tiny village in the Thuringian Forest, W&A has been run by the Wagner family since 1877. Their line of exquisite, fine porcelain figurines gained fame throughout Germany in the early part of the century. All the figures were designed exclusively for the company and hand-painted, as they still are.
After WWII, East Germany took over the plant as a state-run property. The original family owners and their descendants were allowed to work there, but only as employees! Consequently, they were able to maintain their skills as artisans and designers. When Germany was reunited in 1990, the owners were given back their firm.
Today, “Wagner & Apel 1877″ carries on its proud tradition with a staff of only 15 people. The small output and high quality of the product makes the line extremely collectible. Pieces are marked with the W&A blue bottom-stamp.