Hans Teppich figurines

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Hans Teppich figurines are brass figurines created by the Jewish German sculptor and artist Hans Teppich.

Background

Hans Teppich was a German artist and sculptor born in 1904, who studied a wide range of artistic disciplines whilst working as a furniture maker.

He left Germany for Israel in 1933, and set up a workshop in Jerusalem where he created a range of practical Judaic objects such as Hanukkah lamps and candlesticks along with ornate jewellery and figurines.

Collecting Hans Teppich figurines

Teppich initially created a range of 13 figurines based on Judaic characters. These were:

  • Dancer
  • Queen Esther
  • King Ahasveros
  • Rachel
  • Shulamith
  • Abraham
  • Chassidie Rabbi
  • Modern man
  • Chassid
  • King David
  • Miriam
  • Yeshiva Student
  • Jacob

However, a large number of copies were made by his former employees, and these are far more common on the market than his originals in many cases. After discovering his designs were being copied, Teppich created a further set of figurines which included:

  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • Joseph
  • Smadar
  • Salomon
  • Deborah
  • Sarah
  • Tamar
  • Sheba
  • Aron
  • Salome

How much are Hans Teppich figurines worth?

The value of original Hans Teppich figurines depends on their rarity, condition and style. The most sought after are his original designs created in the 1950s, which can sell for between $60 - $100.

There are a large number of fakes and reproductions available, so meaning original figurines can be harder to find. Many of the copies will feature the name of the character and the word ‘Israel’ carved on the bottom, whereas originals will feature the words ‘Original Teppich’, often accompanied by a paper label stuck to the base with the name of the character printed on it.

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