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Goldscheider Girl of Capri
Water carrying maidens were a favoured subject of the Art Nouveau sculptors and here we have another one. This is a delightful small terracotta statue from Goldscheider created by the artist E. Tell around 1898 and titled "Caprieserin" or "Girl of Capri".
The smiling young lady is wearing a wide-brimmed hat to shade her from the sun as she carries her two water vessels to the well.
In good overall condition but showing a few inevitable signs of age, the most obvious being a small area of paint loss on the maiden's neck. However, this would be a simple job for a restorer if thought necessary. The pail she is holding in her right hand has been professionally restored at some time although this has been expertly done and is not at all obvious.
Numbered verso 1656 and 43 cm high.
Lit: Dechant/Goldscheider p. 327 – also Pinhas p. 73 showing a larger version, no. 1497