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Goldscheider Bust

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Item Details

  • Height:
    24 1/4 " Inches
  • Period:
    Art Nouveau
  • Origin:
    Other Europe
  • Material:
    Figurative
  • Artist:
    Goldscheider
This exceptional antique terra cotta bust was crafted at Vienna's renowned Goldscheider porcelain manufactory. Designed by French sculptor Leveque, this enchanting sculpture exhibits exotic feminine beauty as envisioned by the late 19th-century European imagination. Originally part of a sculptural pair representing a North African man and woman, L'esclave is a quintessential Goldscheider piece, representing both the aesthetic appeal of the African physiognomy and the deep color, and edgy design of the Art Nouveau period.

In 1885, Friedrich Goldscheider founded the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory in Vienna and it became the most influential ceramic firm in Austria. Goldscheider achieved worldwide renown as one of the most remarkable and prolific pottery firms of the 19th and 20th centuries and succeeded in setting the standards and style for Art Deco ceramics by employing both well-established sculptors and innovative up-and-comers. The firm was renowned for their starkly realistic and fluid designs that received numerous prestigious awards throughout Goldscheider's lifetime, including the bronze medal at the 1889 Paris International Exhibition.

Signed, impressed "Reproduction Reservee" verso with Goldscheider seal and model number 1101

Circa 1893
25 1/4" high
Goldscheider was among the most dominant ceramic manufactories of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, employing some of the most gifted artists working in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The quality and condition of this magnificent bust is exemplary of Goldscheider at its best.

L'esclave is featured in Ora Pinhas' 2006 book Goldscheider, page 21 and in Stephane Richemond's 1999 book Terres cuites orientalistes et africanistes 1860-1940, page 78.

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