Porcelain figure "Dancer with a snake"
Artist/Maker: Royal Dux Bohemia
Artist/Maker Dates: 1853 - present
Place of Production: Czech Republic (Bohemia)
Date of Production: 1920s - 1930s
Materials: cobalt, gilding, porcelain, underglaze hand painting
Style: Art Deco
Height: 23.5 cm.
Royal Dux Porcelain has been produced since 1853, in the small town of
Duchcov, located about two hours to the North West of Prague, the
capital city of the recently formed Czech Republic. From 1918 until
December 31st 1992 the country was known as Czechoslovakia, situated
behind the so called "Iron Curtain" from 1948 till 1990. As the Berlin
Wall crumbled so did the hard line communist government in
Czechoslovakia. The "Velvet Revolution" (so called because of its lack
of blood-shed and violence) began in November 1989, in the streets of
Prague, initiated by students, but supported by the entire country. In
January of 1990 Vaclav Havel (the famous dissident writer) was elected
president of a free Czechoslovakia. However, in the winter of 1992 the
Czech and Slovak factions decided to split and form two separate
countries, The Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. This split has
become known as the "Velvet Divorce".
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