Offered for sale is a pottery sculpture made by the firm of Riessner, Stellmacher, & Kessel in Trnovany, Czech Republic (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria between 1892-1905. This bust depicts a beautiful 18th century woman dressed in a formal costume, possibly the actress Sarah Bernhardt in one of her celebrated roles. She is dressed in a revealing bustier with a ribbon tied jacket decorated in frilly pierced lace. Her upswept hair is accentuated with a crown topped by a feather.
The bust is stamp signed on the base and impressed on the back. The colors and soft glazes are typical of these exuberantly sculpted pieces that were produced by this factory during their height; no two pieces were ever exactly alike.
These busts are among some of our favorites, incredibly painted and sculpted; we consider them to be unparalleled pieces of art. The firm of Riessner, Stellmacher, & Kessel only existed for a short period when these three talented artists worked together. This is one of the finest examples that we've been privileged to find. The bust is in excellent condition.
Size: 16 ¼" Height by 12" Width. 4750
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