Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl sheep and goat figurines
Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl have manufactured several figurines of sheep and goats - some more rare than others. Previously, sheep and goats were important animals for the farmers in Denmark, because of their milk, meat and wool for warm clothing. Today, most sheep and goat breeders in Denmark are hobby breeders who think it's nice to work with the animals while they can provide an extra income. On many Christmas markets in Denmark you can buy locally produced scarves, hats, gloves, ponchos and shawls in good quality wool and lamb for Easter lunch or just an extra nice dinner.
Most Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl figurines of sheep and goats were produced at the time when agriculture was of even greater importance in Denmark than it is today. Both Royal Copenhagen and B&G have produced figurines of sheep and goat alone, but also people with sheep and goats - for example the following:
Royal Copenhagen figurine of girl with goats No. 694 or 1020069, designed by Christian Thomsen
Royal Copenhagen figurine of Faun with goat No. 498, designed by Christian Thomsen
Royal Copenhagen figurine of faun of goat No. 737, designed by Christian Thomsen
Bing & Grondahl figurine of girl with sheep No. 2010, designed by Axel Locher
Royal Copenhagen figurine of Shepherd No. 627, designed by Christian Thomsen
Royal Copenhagen figurine of a boy with goat No. 1249434, designed by Allen Therkelsen
Royal Copenhagen figurine of boy goat No 1228, designed by Christian Thomsen
Knyd Kyhn has designed a series of lambs, which look really nice in a group, but of course also as single figurines. The series includes the figurine of two lambs sleeping sweetly close to each other for warmth and comfort, figurine of lying lamb, figurine of standing lamb and figurine of playing lambs.
From Bing & Grondahl there are two goats which form a perfect set. One goat butts out after the other, which is currently licking its hooves. These figurines were designed by Dahl Jensen, who had a superb ability to give figurines the right expression. Both figurines are also produced in a stoneware version.
Everybody love animal kids. Probably because of that there is a majority of kids and lambs figurines produced, compared to adult sheep and goats (when we do not take account of human figurines with sheep and goats). A jumping kid or a kid who dances around his mother and hopes she can be part of the game, is a popular sight for most of us, however we do not see many goat kit in the Danish nature these days, but luckily we see young lambs around the countryside, mainly at the end of April and during the month of May, we often encounter fields or gardens with a flock of sheep and their adorable and playful lambs.
The symbolic meaning of goats
The goat symbolises desire, vitality, humor, peculiar and fertility. The goathorn is called a redundancy-horn and therefore it represents the abundance of the earth.