This masterfully crafted figural work is produced by the renowned Zsolnay Co. of Budapest, Hungary. It is signed by the artist Bela Markup, and dated 1911. Done in muted natural earth-tones, it depicts two brown bears engaged in savage, wilderness combat. The upright aggressor holds a right arm and paw in a menacing posture, while his subdued opponent holds his forearms folded to his breast in a gesture of submission, while yet fending off the other with his powerful hind legs. Both bears have jaws agape and fangs bared as if to say "It isn't over yet". The artistic sculpting, the wonderful coloring, and the delightful glaze are all characteristic of the very best in porcelain artwork.
Zsolnay Ceramic: Fighting bears Design: Béla Markup Mark: painted "five church-steeples" logo with the three small shield High: 11 1/4" Diameter: 7"
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