Pair of Royal Copenhagen Bear Figurines


Antique Royal Copenhagen figurines of bears

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In the days of de-clutter we know that figurines are not particularly de-rigeur but these charming bears from Denmark’s Royal Copenhagen works are a couple of nuggets of joy. I suppose they’d come into the miniatures category but their personalities are huge. Designed originally by Knud Kyhn – one of Royal Copenhagens most celebrated designers – these models are a break from the classic RC underglaze painted style having a darker, satin finish. Another point of interest is that these bears have “hollow”eyes – that is that the eye sockets are unfilled.

Knud Kyhn was born in 1880 and died in 1969 and was a fine draughtsman and illustrator. He worked for Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondhal at occasional periods during his life and was responsible for many of the company’s most iconic animalia figurines. These bears have an air of slight confusion to them They are marked with Kyhn’s signature (an elongated vertical line with two “K” chevrons) and their serial numbers but the date mark indicates they per-date 1900; however, Kyhn’s first stint at the Copenhagen works began in 1903. It is most likely that the date mark is transitional and not absolute so we can say around the turn of the century.

These two bears are full of character, one is reclining and having a nibble at his own foot, the other has a paw raised, ready to cuff his brother perhaps? They are numbered 21434 and 21433 respectively. Finished in a chocolate glaze with lighter brown to pick out the detail, they are finely rendered and the work of a craftsman.

PLEASE NOTE: we are selling these bears as a pair, however if you wanted to purchase one of them singly please contact us for an adjusted price


Both bears come in fine antique condition bearing no damage or injury. Age is evident from slightly faded, though still readable, marks and scuffing to the base, otherwise in excellent condition


Upright Bear (21433)

  • 3.5 inches (approx 9 cm) total length
  • 2 inches (5 cm) at base
  • 3 inches (7.5 cm) high

Reclining Bear (21434)

  • 3.4 inches (8.5 cm) total length
  • 2 inches (5 cm) at base
  • 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) tall

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