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Ceramic & Porcelain Figures

The number of different ceramic figures and figurines produced over both the Art Nouveau and Deco eras must surely amount to many tens of thousands. We’ve concentrated mainly on those that truly capture the essence of the two periods. These are, therefore, mostly of girls and young women as it is fair to say that they are generally easier on the eye than male figures, and in any case were designed in far greater numbers. Children, too, made great subjects and we are always looking for those examples that have captured just the right look. The Austrian manufactory Goldscheider produced stunning stylised ceramic figures that reflect the Art Deco period especially well, but there are other makers, as can be seen from the selection we offer, that also designed and made wonderful pieces that are all very collectable.

Goldscheider Carnival Girl

Captivating ceramic figure designed by Stephan (also Stefan) Dakon for Goldsheider circa 1926/27. Superbly modelled and hand painted in strong colours, the viewer just can’t help smiling at the young lady’s cheeky pose.  Dressed just…

Katzhutte Fan Dancer

Lovely Art Deco piece by Katzhutte of a fan dancer, made in the 1930’s.  Painted in subtle shades of peach, pink and lilac, she immediately captures the eye, holding her fan behind her head as…

1930’s Elegant Lady

Art Deco ceramic figure of a lady dressed for an evening engagement dating from the late 20's to early 30's.  She looks extremely elegant as she walks forward wearing a long evening gown of pink…

The Dolly Sisters by Goldscheider

Hard to find Goldscheider ceramic figure titled “Revue” of the two Dolly Sisters up on stage and confidently strutting their stuff. Rosika (Rose) and Janka (Jenny) were identical twins who were born in Hungary in1892…

Royal Dux Snake Charmer

Hand-painted porcelain figure from Royal Dux of a semi nude female snake charmer. Wearing an ornate headdress and a long scanty skirt, she’s leaning forward towards a cobra writhing on the ground in front of…

Suitcase Girl

Delightful ceramic figure designed by Stefan Dakon and made by the Viennese firm of Keramos around 1930. Beautifully hand painted and glazed, this very appealing little girl is wearing a rose pink hooded coat over…

Captured Bird by Lorenzl for Goldscheider

This is a very fine example of the mid-sized version of Josef Lorenzl’s iconic ‘Captured Bird’ made by Goldscheider circa 1923-25. Depicting the dancer Niddy Impekoven modelled in mid dance, striding to the left and…

Nude Lady and Deer

White porcelain lady and deer created by the Bavarian company Hutschenreuther around 1925-30.  The nude young lady is kneeling on the ground with a small deer standing behind her, both looking at the posy of…

Mary Wigman by Goldscheider

This is a striking ceramic figure of the dancer Mary Wigman (born Karoline Sophie Marie Wiegmann (1886 -1973) who is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of modern dance. Designed…

Royal Dux Arabian Dancers

Royal Dux dancing couple, the male dancer said to be the famous Nijinsky.  Full of atmosphere, this is a delightful figural group, with both performers dressed in Arabic costume, highlighted with gilded detail. Set on…

Goldscheider Elegant Lady

Goldscheider of Vienna figure of a very elegant 1930’s lady modelling a rich red floral dress and carrying a stole.  She is mounted on a step-shaped base which she is gracefully descending. Lovely original condition…

Art Deco Nude

Unusual Art Deco sculpture of a nude woman seated on a naturalistic rock and unselfconciously soaking up the sun. There is a rather charming naïvety about the execution of this figure, with regard to both the…

Happy Girl

A rare and quite charming figure from the Art Nouveau era depicting a smiling fashionable young lady wearing a short pink and grey dress covering just one shoulder.  The shape of the skirt looks unusually different,…

Dancer by Dakon

Another fabulous and large figure from Goldscheider circa 1937-39.  Designed by Dakon, this dancing lady is titled “Frasquita”. Wearing a bikini top she is holding out the hem of her long, open-fronted skirt in both…

Elegant Dancing Couple

Exquisite early Goldscheider ceramic dancing couple, the lady and gentleman both looking very elegant as they glide around the floor, surely dancing to a waltz.  Their graceful movement has been beautifully captured.  Lovely detail to…

Relaxing by the Pool

Royal Dux figure of a girl bather sitting by the swimming pool.  She looks very 1920’s and totally charming wearing just her bathing cap and smiling while she sits demurely with her legs crossed. This…

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