I'm excited to offer this unusual pair of California Pottery “Young China” Dancer and Musician Figurines by Hedi Schoop! From the Young China line, both figures stand on a three-tiered, black with white risers, rectangular base. The female dancer wears a floor-length skirt in soft sea green. The folds and ripples in the skirt define the dancer’s movements. The toe of one peach-colored slipper peeks out from beneath the hem. Her high-necked blouse, in mottled black, white, and teal green, has long, flowing sleeves that flare at the wrists of her upturned hands. Her arms swing to her left, while her head is tilted to the right, and her bobbed, white, textured hair swings to the right with the motion of her dance. Her closed eyes and cupid’s bow mouth show her peaceful bliss as she feels the music.
The male musician, in a matching ensemble, wears wide-legged, floor length pants in the same green. His left knee is bent and the peach-colored toe of that shoe is one step ahead of the right leg. He wears a matching blouse, and his hands are bent to hold his white horn that flares at the bell. The rim of the horn and the buttons are black. His hair, though shorter, is a match to hers, and he wears a similar facial expression of enjoyment with puffed cheeks and lips that encircle the mouthpiece of the horn. Both are finished in a reflective, high gloss glaze.
The horn player is 10-1/2 inches tall, while the dancer is slightly shorter at 10-1/4 inches. The rectangular bases are 5-3/4 inches long by 3-7/8 inches wide.
Made by Hedi Schoop circa the early 1950s, each is signed by hand in brown “Hedi Schoop, Hollywood Cal.”
The male musician has a 1/4-inch shallow chip on the lower corner of his shirt. This blends in well with the design and is well disguised. Each of the tiered bases has three or four small, unremarkable chips on some of the corners. If you turn the figures upside down, narrow cracks can be seen where the blouse meets the lower half of the figurine. These feel like they are under the glaze and were likely done during the firing process. The same type of lines are in the folds of her skirt. None of these faults are enough to detract from the artistry. There are no other cracks or other damage to this scarce and exquisite pair.
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