Excessively rare piece of Allach porcelain, the highly desirable 'Landsknecht Flotenspieler' ('Professional Flute-Player Foot Soldier'), in its painted version. This fine hand-painted piece was created by artist Richard Forster and introduced in 1943. The piece stand 9.25 in. tall, beautifully painted and glazed, and bears on the bottom the Allach 'runes', 'R. FORSTER', and the model number '155'. This piece is painted in wartime Allach colors, though appears to be of late-war production. Indeed, the sword appears to be uncompleted, so this piece may have been 'liberated' by an American soldier directly from a shelf at the factory. The only physical defect in this piece is the loss of approx. 1/2 inch of the end of the flute, the lost piece not recovered. We are advised that a skilled porcelain repairer could easily mend the loss. In light of these issues, this piece is sold only as herein described. The porcelain factory Porzellan Manufaktur Allach was established as a private concern in 1935. In 1936 the factory was acquired by Heinrich Himmler to produce works of art that would represent, in Himmler's eyes, true Germanic culture. Production was based at Allach, the largest subcamp of Dachau, and it used slave labor in the production of these pieces. Of course, only the most skilled artists would have worked on this particular piece.