This large European majolica figure is by the factory of Hugo Lonitz of Neuhaldensleben, dating to circa 1870.
What makes this a case of deja-vue for John, ( the founder of Moorabool) is that it was on his stand at the very first Antique Fair he exhibited in back in 1959!
That was the Antique Dealers Association of Victoria's fair in the Malvern Town Hall, High Street Armadale.
He remembers the piece as being his, as it has a broken foot.
He saw it again a few years ago, at auction but it was too expensive. This time, he was happy to buy it back again, and here it is at the Great Sydney Antiques Fair 2011 - 52 years later!