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Terracotta, Stone & Plaster Figures

There were many fantastic artists and sculptors creating busts, statues and smaller figures that completely reflect the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Terracotta and plaster proved to be ideal materials with which to model larger pieces, many of which had, and still have great impact. Most of these were carefully hand-painted in subtle colours, some were gilded with gold leaf and in most cases the original colours have now toned down considerably simply due to age and the inevitable handling and rubbing. If we were to see these sculptures as originally freshly painted, although they would of course look magnificent, somehow they wouldn’t look quite as right as they do to us now the years have faded them. However, we do come across pieces that have in the past received some fresh attention colourwise and, as long as this has been done with sympathy, we see no reason to pass them over. Figures of carved stone, mainly alabaster and marble, are also covered here. See separate Busts category for terracotta, stone and plaster busts.

Goldscheider Nude with Large Shell

Rarely seen Art Nouveau polychromed terracotta figure of a young semi-nude maiden standing on an ornate plinth, leaning forwards and holding in front of her a large shell. With just a small amount of drapery…

‘The Broken Jug’ by Cherc for Goldscheider

Goldscheider terracotta figure of a young black boy who’s captured having just dropped and broken the jug he was carrying.  Wearing a rather battered looking hat and patched up clothes, the unfortunate boy looks mortified,…

Art Nouveau Goldscheider Maiden Vase

Rare Art Nouveau terracotta figural vase by Goldscheider signed by the artist Lesca, dating from circa 1900.   Depicting an Art Nouveau maiden seated rather demurely on the bulbous lower part of the vase.  She is…

Terracotta Nude by De Ronnens

Large and impressive Art Deco terracotta study of a young, nude woman kneeling and posing with one arm raised above her head. Her eyes are lowered a little as she arches her back, inclining her…

Guardian of the Harem

Fabulous Orientalist terracotta statue sculpted by the artist Prunier for Goldscheider circa 1894-98. This fine looking Arabic man, titled 'Guardian of the Harem' is modelled protecting the ladies of the harem from unwelcome visitors.  His…

‘Joy’ by Marcel Bouraine

Delightful Art Deco terracotta study of a mother and child by the French sculptor Marcel-André Bouraine (1886-1948). The pair are seated on the ground, the young woman leaning slightly back and exending her right arm…

Terracotta ‘Enslaved’ by Claude Mirval

Art Deco terracotta study of a young semi-nude woman, kneeling with her hands chained together, titled ‘Enslaved’. An atmospheric sculpture, depicting the girl looking upwards and over her left shoulder, presumably in the direction of…

Orientalist Terracotta Statue

Rarely seen Goldscheider Orientalist terracotta statue of a north African Moorish woman resting awhile from her water carrying task. She has placed her pitcher on a low wall beside her and is wearily leaning on…

Carrara Marble Sculpture by Laure Hayman

A very fine sculpture of a slender nude woman elegantly seated on a rock and looking down towards a lizard at her feet. Dated 1910 and signed to one side by the French sculptress Laure…

Cheeky Young Rascal

Lovely quality terracotta figure of a young black boy seated on an old tree stump, nonchalantly smoking away on a cheroot. The way he has his legs casually crossed and his cap pushed back on…

Little Girl, Big Guitar

Captivating hand-carved alabaster figure of a little girl playing a guitar. She stands with her knees slightly bent, so as to help support the instrument which is certainly on the large side for her.  Her young face…

Art Deco Terracotta Nude

Striking Art Deco era terracotta nude by the Italian born artist and sculptor Amedeo Gennarelli (1881-1943). The young lady is modelled at a slight angle, kneeling with her head back and eyes closed.  Her arms…

Terracotta Seated Nude by Chiparus

Terracotta sculpture titled ‘Dreaming’ of a nude woman seated on sloping ground with her knees partially drawn up towards her. She’s leaning forward slightly and her hands rest on the ground behind.  Her head is…

Art Nouveau Figural Card Tray

Stylish Art Nouveau sculpture from Bernhard Bloch depicting a barefoot young lady, seated on a naturalistic base and resting on one knee two overlapping lily pads which she is offering forward.  The bud of a…

Goldscheider “Return from the Well”

Large and rare Goldscheider terracotta statue titled “Return from the Well” originally sculpted by the artist E. Tell. Portraying a young girl holding a water vessel in one arm and reaching down to pick up…

Art Deco Cipriani Lady

Art Deco terracotta figure by Ugo Cipriani of a nearly naked young woman reclining and looking back over her shoulder. Finished in a lovely olive green colour with an almost bronze like patina and in…

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