his (slightly) bigger brother. This brawny blond is of light-weight earthenware that Hertwig advertised as "feinsteingut." He is 4 inches long, and in addition to the "544" mark, is incised underneath "16."
This picture from the Hertwig catalogue shows two swimsuit-clad men, model numbers 544 and 545. I have not yet come across Model 545 in either china or earthenware.
REPRODUCTION WARNING!: The Belgium company Mundial at Kerlouve is currently reproducing this bathing boy (see HR2009-1 and HR2009-3). However, as is typical of this company's products, the quality is far below that of the antique originals, with the surface artificially stained to give the pieces the look of age (and to help hide the poor workmanship). No doubt these pieces are already turning up at antiques markets throughout Europe, where they are being sold as old, and they could fool unwary dealers and collectors who have not had the chance to see the authentic antiques.