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Subject: Goebel Charlot Byj
I recently purchased at a garage sale for 2.00 a figurine. It is a blonde headed boy kneeling and praying he has on pajamas and the flap in back is down, the markings on the bottom are w. goebel, w, germany stamped into the bottom are the letters byj 16. I am curious as to its value. It has no chips although it is a bit dusty any ideas how to safely clean it?
There are 16 blondes in the Charlot Byj collection of Goebel Fiigurines. There are no pictures in the book, just the names so it is not possible to say exactly which one you have, but if the 16th one listed called, "The Way To Pray", is also your number 16 then the secondary market value is $75 - $90. The lowest price listed for the figurines is $60 and the highest price is $500. The highest price is for the figurine called "Tender Shepherd".
Subject: Goebel Charlot Byj Redheads and Blonds
I have a figurine called "Sitting Pretty". It has Charlot BYJ 12 and a number213 on the bottom with the goebel marking and dated 1957. Any information you could give me would be appreciated. Thank You.
Update: Charlot Byj Blondes Sitting Pretty issued in 1968 for $9.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 to $95.
I have a redhead called daises wont tell # 24 also has a 42 on it with a 4 or h logo of w goebels w. germany and the year 1958 i also have atta a boy and good news dated1958 0n them any information u can give me would be helpful
Daisies Wont Tell is a Charlot Byj Redheads. It issued in 1968 for $6.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 to $145.
Atta Boy issued in 1968 for $6.50 and has a secondary market price range of $65 - $145
Good News issued in 1968 for $6.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 - $150
Subject: Goebel - Redheads
I have recently inherited Goebel figurines from my aunt. She often referred to these figurines as "Redheads" and I can't find any information on them. One is approximately 4 1/2 " high. It's a little girl with red hair wearing a green and white checkered dress with two dogs following behind. Inscribed on the bottom is the big V with the bee W. Goebel, W. Germany. Also the Number Byj 25 with the year 1958. Can you give me any information on this?
Well, I can tell you that the Goebel Redheads by Charlot Byj are listed in the book. There are approximately 75 of them. The problem is that they are listed by name with no numbers given. 1968 seems to be the first year the figurines were issued. I see none that go back to 1958. There is a figurine dated 1968 called "Putting on the Dog" It issued for $9.00 and has a current market value of $125.00. The edition for that figurine was closed in 1986. The figurine list is not descriptive so I do not know how to go about finding the name for yours. The secondary market prices range from $85 - $150 for the majority of the figurines listed.
Charlot Byj started out by creating her famous redheaded children and others as greeting cards. This brought her to the attention of Franz Goebel of the Goebel Company in the mid 1940s. At Goebel they turned her artwork into three dimensional figurines just as they had done with the Hummel figurines. Today, they are sought after by collectors around the world.
After Charlot graduated from art school, one day she sought shelter from the rain in a greeting card store. She admired their greeting card line, made note of the publisher's name and called for an appointment for a job interview. She was hired and began designing illustrations for cards, books and advertising posters. All her artwork was with children. It was while she was working at the card shop that she created her now famous characters; some of which were "Shabby O'Hair," his little sister, "Raggy Muffin," Shabby's plump mother, "M'Lady O'Hair" and many others.
Franz Goebel, head of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, noticed her artwork on the greeting cards and soon she was invited to visit the production facility. Her first figurine, "Strike," was modeled by the master sculptor Arthur Moeller and the mold date on the bottom of that figurine is 1957. More than 100 different figurines were designed, molded, and produced before the series ceased in 1988. Gerhard Skrobek worked with her on 64 different figurines and they made a great team. Charlot was a perfectionist. She would not agree to a change simply for cost sake. Together they produced a wonderful series. She was under exclusive contract to Goebel until 1980 until she got sick and was forced to cut back on her designing.
Working with Miss Byi, Goebel master sculptors Arthur Moeller and Gerhard Skrobek made the initial four Redhead figurines "Strike," "The Roving Eye," "Oops," and "Little Miss Coy."
Most of her artwork features children and motherhood in two styles. One style was the very popular "Redheads" as the Goebel Charlot Byi Redheads became known. The other style was the blonde series of about 16 different figurines. The redheads were designed as bouncy characters and full of life and mischief, however, the blondes were designed to be more serene and gentle in their young approach to life. There were also a few figurines that were painted as children with brown hair.
As previously mentioned, Charlot's little characters were produced by the Goebel Company from 1957 until 1988 in many different forms. The most popular were the figurines, but they also came out as annual baby ornaments, annual Christmas ornaments, annual plate series, art prints and three different music boxes which used the figurines as the center pieces. There were also three different lamps, only one of which was placed in Goebel production. Last, but not least in importance, they produced the dolls in a variety of different sizes. The doll series production continues today with Goebel doll designer Karen Kennedy.
Charlot lived in New York City and was a caring and sincere person. Her nature is encapsulated in the following recollection by Joan N. Ostroff which is entitled "In Memoriam."
Mischievous. Impish. Witty. Redhead.
Gentle. Tender. Precious. Blonde.
Charlot's drawings seemed to appear as if magic and those that have known her personally witnessed all the aspects of this remarkable talent. Those who know her through her figurines are not disappointed, for Charlot's spirit shines through.
The world lost a very talented artist on August 7, 1983
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