Chloe ā More on the Jobling jade 2541 figurine.
The centrepiece set was launched by a full page advertisement in the 1st September 1933 issue of Pottery Gazette
, just about in time for the Christmas 1933 market, although cutting it rather fine. The advertisement shows it in the completely plain 1054 (with base star) / 1054Ā½ (without) jade floating bowl, on a plinth which must be the product of the artist's imagination, as this floating bowl has no base ring to lock it on to a plinth, and so would have been dangerous to use in this way. These sets do emerge occasionally, so we can deduce that from about the turn of the year the set came with the newly launched jade fircone bowl together with a black plinth as the standard configuration.
The figurine was designed and modelled in plaster of paris by Etienne Franckhauser, with the first mould probably made at his Paris foundry. Franckhauser was the highly skilled artist who turned Lalique's roughly sketched designs into practical reality, although he is rarely, if ever, mentioned in collector's guides to Lalique. Franckhauser also produced models and moulds for firms like Sabino and Hunebelle. You will find more of this fascinating story in Baker & Crowe, A Collector's Guide to Jobling 1930s Decorative Glass
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