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Busts

Sculptors have been fashioning busts for many hundreds of years but most of those we offer are from the era of Art Nouveau. Deco busts are less frequently seen but from time to time can be found and we like to offer them when we can. Traditionally, looking back through history, busts often depicted heroic, scholarly or otherwise important figures, mostly men. However, the Art Nouveau artists were, to a much greater degree, captivated by the beauty and mystery of women and it was women who they mostly chose as their subjects. The wonderfully expressive faces, some modest looking or even shy, others quietly pensive, and yet others still with a knowing and confident look, offer a world of variety and we’ve always found that a carefully chosen bust displays as a real focal point and makes a great conversation piece. Interior designers have long seen their use as an ideal finishing touch to complete a design scheme. They can vary in size from small cabinet busts at around 14-15 cm. up to pretty much life size. Unsurprisingly, over the years many have received the odd knock or scuff but these minor age-related defects should not be of great concern. We offer what we hope is an interesting selection in terracotta, bronze, plaster and other media and with a wide range of values.

Auguste Ollo Terracotta Bust

Art Nouveau polychrome painted terracotta bust by the sculptor Auguste Ollo, produced by the Johann Maresch company in Austria. A head and shoulders study of a somewhat serious looking young woman wearing sprays of leaves…

Pair of Orientalists

Fine looking pair of small  size Orientalist polychrome painted terracotta busts showing superb detail, numbered but otherwise unmarked. Raised on contoured plinths atop a two tier socle, they appear to be of noble lineage, dressed…

Kochendörfer Bust of a Young Maiden

German Art Nouveau ceramic bust of a young maiden with laurel leaves in her hair. Looking straight ahead, her wide open eyes and slightly open mouth give her a look of young innocence. Titled ‘Eros’…

Goldscheider Terracotta Bust ‘Les Cerises’

Splendid and large Art Nouveau terracotta bust from Goldscheider by the artist Affortunato Gori. Titled ‘Les Cerices’, the rather serious looking young maiden is modelled with the modest, almost shy look that the Art Nouveau…

Terracotta Bust by Schoop for Bernhard Bloch

Art Nouveau terracotta bust of a young girl decorated with a spray of roses and rose buds. She’s a pretty girl with slightly downcast eyes and her hair in the chignon style that was so…

Goldscheider Bedouin Woman

Fabulous Orientalist terracotta bust from Goldscheider of a north African Bedouin woman wearing a large scarf on her head together with a loose shawl below her shoulders. She has a quite stunning face, combining strength…

‘Esclave’ by Vannuèri

Fabulous large size Art Nouveau terracotta bust titled “Esclave”. Beautifully modelled and cast, this is a bust of very high quality, signed by the artist and sculptor H. Vannuèri, about whom we’ve been unable to…

Orientalist Pair

Fine pair of Austro-Hungarian terracotta Orientalist busts of a man and a woman dating from the late 19th. century. Both are looking slightly to their right,  he with a slight frown on his strong face…

Terracotta Young Maiden

Good size Art Nouveau terracotta bust of a young lady with a ribbon tied in her upswept auburn hair. With her pale skin, fine detail to her features and gilding to her dress and ribbon,…

The Banjo Player

Fabulous terracotta bust of a straw-hatted black American banjo player, from Friedrich Goldscheider dating from circa 1890-95. The large size accentuates the wonderfully fine detail to every facet of this figure, with the fabric of…

Goldscheider Girl with Jewelled Tiara

Beautiful Goldscheider terracotta bust of a young woman created by the artist Montenave circa 1903. She wears a headdress decorated with real opals and has her hair enclosed in a net at the sides and…

Goldscheider Bust by Cherc

Quite delightful Art Nouveau bust sculpted by Cherc for Goldscheider. Polychrome painted in subtle shades, the young maiden is wearing flowers highlighted in gold in her hair and on the front of her clothing, as…

‘Les Pensées’ by Aristide de Ranieri

Attractive good quality French Art Nouveau terracotta bust of a young lady decorated with pansy flowers, titled simply 'Les Pensées'. With her fine strong features and long pale auburn hair falling forward over one shoulder,…

Goldscheider Bust ‘Edith’

Head and shoulders terracotta bust sculpted by the artist Haniroff and cast by Freidrich Goldscheider of Vienna circa 1900. Titled ‘Edith’ but unfortunately we are unable to find any information on who Edith was and…

Bronze ‘Silvia’ by Villanis

Good Art Nouveau patinated bronze bust titled ‘Silvia’ by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). The young girl’s face has that usual very distinctive Villanis look, with her eyes slightly lowered and an expression of quiet confidence. Signed…

Goldscheider Bust by Montenave

This is one of the most recognisable and iconic of the many Art Nouveau terracotta busts produced by Goldscheider.   Originally sculpted by the artist Montenave, and finished in shades of gold and brown, it…

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