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A Rare Handmade Earthenware Checkers / Draughts Board Game Complete created by the famous Brazilian Folk Artist Manuel Eudócio (01/28/1931 - 02/13/2016).

Biography

Manuel Eudócio Rodrigues was born in Alto do Moura, Caruaru-PE, on January 28, 1931.

With the premature death of his mother, he was raised by his maternal grandmother, Tereza Maria da Conceição, who was a dishwasher. It was with her that he began his artistic activity as a maker of clay dolls, which were sold at street markets.

Working in clay at that time was common for boys from the countryside. They modeled horses, oxen, cows that served as toys. Manuel Eudócio was one of those boys. His family, like so many others, was experiencing difficulties and deprivation, which affected his attendance at school, which lasted only six months, as he needed to help his father in agriculture.

In 1948, at the age of 17, Manuel effectively began his life as an artisan of clay already living with master Vitalino, who had arrived from Sítio Campos to live in Alto do Moura. Upon his arrival, many artisans learned or improved their production techniques. There was a friendly atmosphere between them and many themes were copied without concern for "imitation", "plagiarism". Manuel Eudócio's daily work with his brother-in-law Zé Caboclo - José Antônio da Silva - and master Vitalino left marks in his works. However, like every artist, he knew how to create his style, observing people and customs on a daily basis. In fact, it was Manuel Eudócio and Zé Caboclo who created the representation of the eye in the pieces “through a small relief painted in white with a black dot in the middle.”

The elaboration of Manuel Eudócio's pieces, after being manipulated in wet clay, are burned without the use of enamel, every fifteen days, in a wood oven that he keeps in his backyard and, later, they are decorated with shiny oil paint. or matte. The family helps and has the hope of continuity in the new generation. Of Manuel's nine children, two of them - Carlos and José Ademildo - and their respective wives, work in the art of handling clay.

His work is recognized nationally, especially in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Bahia, and abroad, where he won German, French, Portuguese and North American clients.

In August 2005, the artist was honored with a solo exhibition - Manuel Eudócio: Patrimônio Vivo, held in the Sala do Artista Popular of the Folklore Museum of Rio de Janeiro.
Item Specifics:

Circa: 1950.

Origin: Brazil.

Material: Earthenware.

Item condition: Good condition. Small signs of use. Age weathered surfaces. Condition is appropriate for age and use. See photos for complete assessment.

Note: Not signed.

Dimensions (Board Game):

Height: 9.52 inches / 24.2 centimeters

Width: 9.52 inches / 24.2 centimeters

Dimensions (Horseman):

Height: 1.65 inches / 4.2 centimeters

Width: 1.18 inches / 3 centimeters

Dimensions (Cow):

Height: 0.86 inches / 2.2 centimeters

Width: 1.18 inches / 3 centimeters

*Please Note: This item is located in Lisbon, Portugal (EU) and will be shipped from this location. For additional shipping options or charges for countries not listed, please contact the seller.

*For additional photos or information, please contact the seller.

ITEM ID
1950s Brazilian, Manuel Eudoci
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

1950s Brazilian, Manuel Eudocio Folk Art Checkers / Draughts Board Game Complete, Earthenware

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