We are thrilled to present this stunning vintage sculpture which dates to the 1930's. It is characterized by the spelter figurines of a finely-dressed woman flanked on each side by dogs; they stand on a large, heavy base of genuine marble.
The piece is aptly titled "The Odalisque and Hounds".
Historically, an "odalisque" was a female slave or concubine in an Ottoman harem or "seraglio". The spelter from which she is formed shines brilliantly in her skirt and cap, as well in the beaded embellishment along the neckline of her blouse, which is a rich black. Her neck, face and hands exhibit a rich, tawny patina.
The hounds are also made of spelter, though they are also very dark in color.
As you can see, the base is made entirely of genuine, Italian marble. The piece upon which the hounds stand is one single piece of Mencervetto Scuro black marble, while the odalisque stands on a slightly raised platform of white marble (probably Carrera). The face of the base is embellished with a long strip of black marble and two rectangles of white marble at the ends.
The white marble on top (where the odalisque stands) is hand signed "Scali", for renowned French sculptor Robert Scali.
The female figure and her canine companions show some areas of wear and darkening, though we are amazed at the condition overall.
This extraordinary sculpture is not a fake or reproduction, but completely genuine and sensationally beautiful.
Measurements: The base measures 16 ¼" long, 4 ¼" wide, 1 5/8" tall. The dogs stand 4 ¾" tall independently. Female figure is 9 ¼" tall, (9 ½" with the small platform) Total, the statue is 11 ¼" tall, 6 ¾" where the dogs are. Weight: 14lbs 8oz
Item ID: 3004
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