Annual Figurines from B&G
Bing and Grondahl has manufactured Annual Figurines in several periods. The first Annual figurine was released in 1982 and depicts a girl with ball. This series of Bing & Grondahl annual figurines goes, as far as we know, up to 1986. B&G annual figurines in this series are relatively large and depicting children in different situations. Each character has the year written on the foot, the same white with blue pattern on them all.
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Bing & Grondahl Children of the world annual figurines
In 1987 Bing & Grondahl started a new series of annual figurines showing children from six different parts of the world. Children are the future of the world, which has been the inspiration for this series. The first annual Bing & Grondahl figurine from 1987 shows Karin, which is a typical Scandinavian girl from that time. She stands with her hands on her back and a nice blue dress with white apron with fine pattern. She has two golden braids and a white bonnet on her head. The next B&G annual figurine 1988 shows Billy, a typical American boy with weston hat, jeans and chaps, so he's ready to jump on the horse. The B&G annual figurine from 1989 shows Anneke in blue and white polka dot dress with a bouquet of flowers in her hand. In 1990, the Bing and Grondahl annual figurine shows the Italian girl Gabriella with a nice blue dress and a basket of grapes in her arms. The fifth annnual figurine from Bing & Grondahl shows the German boy Heinz - dressed in typical German national dress with short trousers with braces, knee-length stockings and a black hat on his head. The annual figurine 1992 is called Miyoko - a pretty Japanese girl with blue dress with white flowers. The sixth characters in the Bing and Grondahl series "Children of the World" was designed by the American sculptor Carl Lomupo and every Annual figurine was released in a limited edition of 5000 pieces.
Bing & Grondahl Children's day plates and figurines
In 1985 Bing & Grondahl started their series of Children's Day plates, which is still in production today. The first year the figurine was associated with the plate - showing the child from the plate. The Children Day figure of 1987 was a boy with watering can and dog at his side. The Children Day figurine from 1990 shows the girl from the Children Day plate with her beautiful new dress. The figurins is named "See my dress" and is the last figurine in the Children Day series. Subsequently, there is only released one Children's Day plate every year.
Bing & Grondahl annual figurines of animals
In 1993 B&G released a new seris of Annual figurines, baby animals for a total of 6 characters. The designer of the series was Allan Therkelsen, who has made many figurine series for Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl. The first figurine in the series is a koala bear that sits in a eukalyptus tree. After the koala bear was close to extinction, it was totally preserved and is now living wild in South Australia. The motif in 1994 was a grizzly bear sitting on a rock and in 1995 the motif was a red panda on a tree stump. The red panda is smaller than the large black and white panda, but just as cute. Today the red panda lives in the Himalayas and China. Bing & Grondahl Annual Figurine of the year 1996 shows a nice polar bear cub standing on a piece of ice and B&G annual figure from 1997 shows a black bear standing on its bag legs against a stone. The last B&G Annual Figurine in this series shows a brown bear sitting on its tail so he can bite into one of his paw.
Bing & Grondahl Annual Figurine "My best friend"
From 1999 to 2004 Bing & Grondahl released a series of annual figurines called my best friend. The overall theme of the series was children with their pets. The 1999 figurines was called Poul with puppy. My best friend series was created for B&G by Sven Vestergaard. In 2000, the figurine shows a girl with kittens. She holds one of them carefully in her arms while the other jumps around her feet. The Annual figurine in 2001 was a boy with rabbits and in 2002 the motif was a girl with a budgerigar. A boy with piglet was chosen as the motif in 2003 and the last figure in the series is a girl with a hen in her arms.
Bing & Grondahl Annual Figurine "The little orchestra"
The next six annual figurines from Bing & Grondahl depict children with instruments. It is also Sven Vestergaard, who is the artist behind this series, which is entitled The little orchestra. If you collect all six figurines the children will form a band with different instruments. The first Figurine from 2005 was called Emilie on cello. Martin on drums is Annual figurine from 2006 and Marie on tuba is from 2007. In 2008, the theme changed a bit, as the musicians now got a pet at their side. Alex on guitar from 2008 has a dog at his feet and Anna on the accordion from 2009 has a cat at her feet. The last figure in the series, Carl on trumpet from 2010, also has a dog with him.
Unfortunately, there have not been published Annual figurines from B&G since 2010.