Rocking cockerel of german manufacture circa 1890-1914. These basic toys, known as "Shoo-fly" horses in America were exported from Germany in large numbers. The painting is superb, and turns an otherwise basic toy into something a lot more eye catching.
This particular toy comes from the estate of the late Nellie Lenson-Smith, 1928-2017. The daughter of a Russian aristocrat, Nellie was born in Germany, lived in Austria and educated in Switzerland. She was liberated from a concentration camp in 1945 and went on to marry Ben Lenson DFC, a renowned pilot. After their divorce in 1976, she went on to become an antiques dealer in Portobello Road right up until her final years. You could say a life even more colourful than the cockerel!
To purchase or find out more about this horse, please contact Sally, either by email or phone on the links on the footer, or better still, visit our showroom in the scenic Shropshire Hills, we would be delighted to see you.