Words such as `Rare' & `Scarce' are quite often used flippantly and without just cause when describing all manner of things, however in this instance both words are justified, for this is indeed a rare & scarce Art Deco press moulded glass figurine center piece, seldom seen outside of private hands or being offered... It is certainly one of the most desirable and sought after examples of its genre.
Surprisingly perhaps, is that the designer of this amazing piece, its producing factory or its country of origin is still as yet to be firmly established, however it is a documented pattern that in collective terms has become known as being termed as: `Girl upon Tortoise' (or turtle) and is also considered to be the work of Müller.
Schweig, Müller & Co, were master genius of their craft. Their attention to detail, coupled with the quality of glass that they used, quite often placed them ahead of the field, and when it comes to Art Deco press moulded glass design few German factories could rival them, as this incredible piece amply demonstrates. I would urge you to view other examples within my listings by this factory. Each are incredible, however this piece is sensational, it is 'Top of The League'
It is a substantial piece, which quite frankly defies any photographic representation and nothing can prepare for its actual presence. It is adorable in each and every sense of the word, and it is a work of art using press moulded glass techniques...
The central figurine has been depicted and interpreted in a wide variety of ways within folklore, mythology and legends, however here it is presented in Art Nouveau AND Deco form & styling in a direct and concise manner and to perfection.
The bowl is contemporary to this piece and is recognised as being the correct associated pattern by Müller, for the glass figurine. This bowl in itself is scarce & desirable, as it is also a bowl of quality in terms of its design and its effecting finish... It is moulded profusely with elongated stylized leaves which are in raised relief and also intaglio to the base of the bowl. Each leaf has been matt-satin frosted to provide wonderful effects and eye-catching appeal. The bowl also features an internal raised-ring of moulded glass, which provides a stable resting place for the base of the figurine. It is a beautiful piece, which at 13 inches diameter makes a stunning compliment for the Girl on a Tortoise.
This is a complete set, which also benefits from its very own black glass plinth which elevates the center piece for optimum light penetration from beneath.
Beautifully captured with exceptional detail, is the delightful study of a young girl sitting astride a tortoise. Both of the figures are integrally moulded to the large diameter flower-frog as one piece of wonderful pastel blue glass which has also been afforded with matt-satin frosting to all surfaces of the figurine, both inside and out.
From the Art Deco stylized shapes used to depict the tortoise shell, the scales upon its feet and its joyful face, to the pose of the girl, her plaited hair and her facial expression, the moulded details are stunning and have been faithfully captured to perfection. It is highly accomplished piece of craftsmanship as my photographs surely demonstrate...
You could be forgiven to imagine this display as being small in size however it is impressive & substantial and makes a beautiful statement of interior design wherever it is suitable displayed. I have included a photograph of a further center piece example together with this piece to provide size & scale. The girl on a tortoise is a remarkable 8 inches high on its own, with a flower-frog diameter of 5.5 inches. This truly is a center piece display that has everything going for it and much more besides...
CONDITION REPORT: There are no chips, cracks or repairs to any of the three component pieces. Only signs of age related wear to the base of the bowl is evident. The entire is absolutely gorgeous for your collection and a very wise investment indeed...
Layaway is available and sensible offers will be considered.
Total height: 11 inches Figure height: 8 inches Figure base diameter: 5.5 inches Plinth height: 2.75 inches Plinth base diameter: 5.5 inches Bowl widest diameter: 13 inches Depth: 3.75 inches Postage weight: *5k
*Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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