Portuguese Sculptural Majolica
in Floral Headdress and Coral Necklace
- Ca.1875 -
Height: 12 1/8 inches Width: 7 inches Depth: 4 1/2 inches
This exquisite and very unusual sculptural majolica bust of a woman, wearing a coral necklace and a bright head scarf with a floral print was made in the last quarter of XIX Century in Portugal. Due to the peculiarities of the material and realistically rendered image, the skillfully selected colors under the well-preserved glaze are still pleasing to the eye with their brightness and freshness, creating an amazing life-like effect.
Though clearly marked on the bottom with a circular crest and a bee (fly?) on top, we could not establish the name of the artist/maker. In excellent antique condition with no breaks, repairs or restorations except some slight chips along back edges of both earrings (easy to restore, sold as is).
French Art Nouveau
THISTLES & LIZARDS
Grand Majolica Vase
Height: 21 1/2 inches Max width: 12 1/2 inches
This beautiful grand and highly decorative Art Nouveau ceramic vase is outstanding by all measures. It is fabulously rendered in the most unusual technique, combining a hand painted thicket of life-like thistles flowers with overlaid leaves and lizards crawling among them. The two handles on the top of the vase are formed by the curled tops of the large thistles leaves, it's beautiful organic lines very characteristic of the French Art Nouveau aesthetics.