He's brilliantly odd-looking which is what, I think, makes him so nice. It was the excellent Abi who found him in a bit of a tarnished state on eBay (along with a twin, so now we both have one, hurrah!) and buffed him up with some Goddard's to this gleaming state.
The original versions like this can be found on the Austrian Brass Etsy shop, which you can also get to via the Walter Bosse site, Modern Vienna Bronze, under "vintage". They go from around £20 to £80 a-piece, but if you are outside the States the postage is about £14 and there may be import tax to pay. But if you're Stateside – and you like his stuff – you can feel smug. Anyone know of a UK stockist?
I love this strange fish shaped egg-cup, below, from the 1960s.
As Bosse's online biography says, the "friendly and optimistic figures also show a sense of keen observation and character. Their expressiveness and economy of detail tell a story deeper than that of mere collectibles." Nicer still, Bosse said his aim with these little animals was "to make as many people as possible happy."