A striking late 19th century orientalist terracotta bust by Friedrich Goldscheider, c.1890.
Friedrich Goldscheider was an influential ceramics manufacturer. Born on November 6, 1845 in Plzen, Czech Republic, he is best remembered for his founding of the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory in 1885 Vienna, which is a world-renowned producer of terracotta, faience, bronze, and alabaster ceramics and objects. Goldscheider's most recognized works are small, posed, ceramic figures which are influenced by turn-of-the-century artistic movements like Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Orientalism, featuring flowing lines and naturalistic decorative motifs. In 1889, he notably won the Bronze Medal for terracotta pieces at the International Exhibition held in Paris. Goldscheider died in Nice, France on January 19, 1897.
This bust is beautifully proportioned with exceptional detail throughout and a wonderful patina, hinting at its true age. The facial features are both poised and expressive. There is a chip to the left of the robe (please see photographs) but this does not distract from the beauty of the piece. All associated stamps and marks are present, namely the 'Goldscheider' plaque to the rear, model number '768/33' to the inside and the 'Reproduction Reservee' label.
Width (at widest point): 30cm
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