Presented for sale is a Turn-Teplitz pottery sculpture made by the firm of Riessner, Stellmacher, & Kessel in Trnovany, Czech Republic (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria between 1892-1905. This bust depicts the figure of 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt in a revealing V-necked chemise covered in a frilly sleeved jacket with shoulder pommels.
The bust is stamp signed on the base and impressed indistinctly on the back of her costume. The colors and iridescent glazes are typical of the fantastically sculpted pieces that were produced by this factory during their heyday, no two pieces were ever exactly alike.
These female busts are among some of our favorites, incredibly painted and sculpted; we consider them to be unparalleled pieces of art. The firm of Riessner, Stellmacher, & Kessel only existed for a short period during a magical window when these three talented artists worked together.
This particular bust has been previously restored; there is evidence of over-painting to her right shoulder, but the restoration is well-done and hard to detect. The bust is still beautiful for display, but we have mentioned the restoration for accuracy.
Size: 15 ¼" Height by 15" Width (shoulder to shoulder).
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