Rare and quite fabulous antique European terra-cotta pottery figure featuring a girl standing by a large flowerpot with mud in hand as if building the large pot she is next to. This is circa 1860-90's. Professional artistry is displayed in the form and the excellent execution of hand painting. The serene beauty of the little girl with that striking look is remarkable.
It stands approximately 9-1/2" tall and has a circumference of 26". A sizable pottery piece that displays magnificently! I have never seen another one in all my years as an antiques dealer - have you? What can be cuter than children playing in the mud? I had it displayed on my piano right along side my piano baby figurines and it looks wonderful! Something nice to break up the general whiter shades of the bisque items.
The woman that I purchased it from was selling it after many years of ownership as she needed to raise money and had come to parting with some of the items she had inherited. It had belonged to her mother who had left it to her. She said her Mum had brought it back from Europe some time in the 40's, If I remember correctly. It wasn't new in the 40's but was bought in an antique store. There are European denomination marks and numerals on the underside. This reminds me somewhat of the styling of the fine Austrian naturalistic earthenware figural items I've owned (Amphora, Wahliss, Teplitz etc.), but having a more unique appearance having the reddish terracotta pottery. It could be French, Italian or Austrian - but I can't say for sure except that it is European.
It is in excellent condition, no chips or breaks with only a small amount of wear. There is some paint chipping as shown around the pot. There is a stress line at the base where the flower stem comes up, but it's superficial and not a repair or break. There is one small dime size spot that has some crackles that looks as done during firing - perhaps just a kiln mark. Altogether lovely and in fabulous shape!
Don't miss your opportunity for this rare eye catching piece of pottery!
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