portrait bust of a renaissance maiden c1890 by goldscheider

Portrait Bust of a Renaissance Maiden c.1890 by Goldscheider.



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An extremely beautiful Art Nouveau cold painted terracotta bust of a young woman, possibly Beatrice ...Dante's muse. The sitter's eyes are modestly downcast but her posture is erect and proud. In her headband are set a number of opalines. Opaline is a man-made semi-crystal which is equally beautiful and special like natural crystals. It is a stone of love, compassion, and generosity.
In this sculpture is encapsulated the essence of Art Nouveau.
In 1885, Friedrich Goldscheider came from the Bohemian city of Pilsen to Vienna and founded the Goldscheider Porcelain Manufactory and Majolica Factory. It became one of the most influential ceramic manufactories of terracotta, faience and bronze objects in Austria, with subsidiaries in Paris, Leipzig and Florence. For over half a century, Goldscheider created masterpieces of historical revivalism, Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) and Art Deco.
Famous artists such as Josef Lorenzl, Stefan Dakon, Ida Meisinger and the two perhaps best known Austrian ceramic artists (Michael Powolny and Vally Wieselthier) worked for Goldscheider. Several of the artists who worked for him also worked for other Viennese studios, such as Augarten, Keramos or for the German brands Rosenthal and Meissen. More than 10,000 different models were created over a period of three generations. Since the very beginning, many of these won first prizes and gold medals at innumerable world fairs, exhibitions and trade fairs. Goldscheider figures are nowadays very much sought after by collectors worldwide.
SIZE: 19 inches tall.
CONDITION: Good, original patina, some slight rubbing as is to be expected.
PROVENANCE: Yorkshire Private Collection.
VERSO: Foundry stamp and numbers.
Internal Ref: 9191


Height = 48 cm (19")
Width = 26.5 cm (11")
Depth = 14 cm (6")

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