Gold pendant with an openwork entrelac design from the drawing board of Archibald Knox and dating from circa 1905. Set with a central blister pearl drop and with a turquoise matrix lower drop, this pendant…
Ornately framed oil on canvas by the German born artist Dietz Edzard (1893-1963). This is an atmospheric half length portrait of an elegantly dressed young woman taking refreshment whilst seated on a verandah raised above…
Little cabinet vase from Loetz in opaque ‘Candia’ glass with a trefoil rim, further decorated with an applied Art Nouveau ‘Silberiris’ design in pure silver. Loetz collaborated with a company in the US known as…
Pewter flower dish from WMF with the original green cut glass removable liner. So Art Nouveau, with its flowing outline, featuring an openwork whiplash design framing leaves and berries of ivy. Originally electro-plated but most…
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Old Breton Lady
A unique and quite stunning hand finished terracotta bust by the French sculptress Berthe Girardet (née Imer, b. Marseilles 1869).
This is such a beautifully sympathetic sculpture, emphasising the strength and character in this lady’s wonderful face.
She looks as though she’s not had the easiest passage through life but has nonetheless coped with all its various demands and still retained a certain calmness and quiet sense of humour – you can almost see the twinkle in her eyes. Those wonderfully detailed hands that she holds in front of her have seen many years of toil, yet she still manages to look almost serene.
The clothes and bonnet have been very unusually finished with the artist’s fingertips, which just adds to the quite individual overall effect.
A real work of art dating from around 1890 from an artist who was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
The height is around 41 cm and the width 46 cm.