Hedi Schoop's trend-setting career in clay came about after her dislocation from theatrical pursuits in Europe. Fleeing Nazi Germany, Hedi emigrated to the USA and settled in Hollywood in 1933. Her first figures were created in 1938 and her creative business thrived until 1958 when a fire leveled her plant. Hedi Schoop was one of the most imitated of the California giftware artists.
This lovely pair of figurines/vases portray a French peasant couple. The gentleman stands 13 1/2" in height and is attired in heather blue trousers, white shirt, white vest decorated with heather blue, mauve and mustard colored floral, brown trimmed white large bow tie and topped with a heather blue beret. The lady stands 13" in height and has a matching ensemble of long heather blue shirt, white blouse, white shawl decorated like the man's vest and topped with a blue and brown woven hat. Both are carrying blue/brown woven baskets, his perhaps for gathering grapes and hers for flowers. Their dark brown facial features and light skin-tones are striking.
Both pieces are marked "Hedi Schoop - Hollywood Cal" and are in near mint condition. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. The colors are so soft and pleasing. If you like California pottery, circa 1940 - 1950, and especially Hedi Schoop this is a great pair.