Presented for sale is a Turn-Teplitz porcelain bust made by the firm of Riessner, Stellmacher, & Kessel in Trnovany, Czech Republic (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria between 1892-1905). The bust portrays a beautiful young French courtesan with upswept hair wearing a version of a mop cap. The ribbon is tied in a large bow under her upturned chin and she is striking a most coquettish pose. She is dressed in a daring V-neck chemise under a frilly cape. The subtle hand painted tones of light shaded lime greens and pinks are typical of the extraordinary finishes seen on these earlier Teplitz busts. Each bust was hand finished and no two pieces are exactly the same. The bust is stamp signed on the base and signed/impressed distinctly on the reverse.
These female busts are among some of our most cherished pieces, 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. We have had several versions of this bust, one of our very favorites because of the amazing detail in her costume and her pose; no two have been the same. The bust is in excellent condition, there are a few small chips to the edges of her cloak and hat, but these are hardly noticeable because of the density of decoration.
Size: 15 1/2" Height by 16" Width (shoulder to shoulder).