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Orientalist Pair

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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 and she looking rather more at ease.

They’re wearing traditional Arab headdresses known as keffiyehs, and both their robes have fallen somewhat from their shoulders, the man being completely bare chested and the woman partially so.

Beautifully detailed and painted, the busts are raised off a tapering square based socle and signed verso by the artist J. Fried, about whom we can find no information.

Also inscribed is the name Bodenstadt (now Potstát in the Czech Republic) which was a town in the Sudetenland area of Bohemia at the time this pair of busts was made.

In good condition, commensurate with age with just a small aged chip to two of the corners of the base of the lady bust, as can be seen in our photos.

A little over 26 cm in height with the woman a fraction less.

Ref: 15084

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