Recently we found this fabulous guy whose seller thought he was a Gnome, or a Pixie. We're not sure either. He was advertised as a rare Art Deco Czechoslavakia large terracotta garden fairy or pixie figure, measuring 14 inches tall. My husband immediately christened him 'Leopold' but maybe he should have a more mysterious name. I'm sure that he does and just has not revealed it to us yet.
Having done some investigation we are more baffled than ever. He has no beard, and he has wings. Gnomes don't have wings do they?
|Gnomes, a 1979 release from Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet|
I can find no other like him and will continue to find out exactly what he is, and when he was made. His painted surface is peeling and many layers can be seen, but we have no plans to give him a new coat. I love all the colours coming through. We've no plans to sell him either, he's a keeper.
|His wings and peeling paint|
What I like best about him is the way he is sitting with his legs crossed. Don't you love his pointy-toed Pixie boots?
|Leopold's dramatic makeup and his scary eyes!|
|would Leopold be happy under one of these?|
Our cottage is on a small estate of workers cottages built in Victorian times. There is a communal bakehouse, outside loos and a well, which is in what is now our back garden. It is long since capped, by an old stone mushroom and he would certainly look at home underneath that. But we think he is pretty old, has seen lots of duty and that perhaps he would now like to retire indoors. He's living in the fireplace at the moment and might go outside for special occasions when better weather arrives.