A scarce Vintage figure of a Giraffe made by Elfried Balzar Kopp


Stock Number: – OWA3115

Date: – Circa 1970s

Materials: – German Westerwald Clay; An Advantage For Potters! The extensive clay quarries of the Westerwald region are the largest connected deposits in Europe. Only a few other regions in the world are known to have clay sources of comparable size and quality. Around 15 different types of clay occur here, including a very valuable white clay also known as “white gold”. The Westerwald clay has a high degree of ductility, is almost free of impurities and has very good sintering properties. These clays are perfectly suited for stoneware production, a high fired, waterproof, acid-resistant, impermeable pottery. The clay was easily kneaded, thrown, deformed as well as knitted, melt, beaten and whipped. It is a serious partner to the potter reacting to any treatment. 

Country of Origin: – Germany, Höhr Grenzhausen 

Description: – A scarce Vintage figure of a Giraffe made in the Höhr-Grenzhausen studios of Elfried Balzar Kopp. The stunning figure is 41cm tall 13cm wide at the base and 12cm deep at the widest base point. The Giraffe weighs 1970g and is superbly designed and decorated with traditional enamels and a salt glaze. The base is unmarked but has a rarely seen paper label for Balzar Kopp to the base.

Size: – The giraffe is 41cm tall, 13cm wide at the base and weighs 1.970Kg.

Condition: – The figure is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, losses or restoration to the body or decoration. 

History & Marks: – This example has a scarce paper label (removed for cleaning and reaffixed) and dates from Circa 1970. Whilst no one could say that this piece is a one off study. One could however say that, although you may come across another example which you can see on the website OWA3173. One would quickly realise that each one stands alone –  ‘it is a one off’. I state this because the outcome of each piece of studio pottery depends deeply on how it is placed in the kiln and moreover, how it reacts during the firing. Very few studio pieces are totally identical.

Please Click the Link Below for an Historical Introduction to the work of Elfried Balzar Kopp.  (You may have to engage your computers Translator “German to English”.) This is often seen in the address bar.                          


Additional information

Weight 1.970 kg
Dimensions 13 × 41 cm