Vintage French Polychrome Chalkware Sculpture/Figurine of Elderly Couple, 1940
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14H x 10.50W x 6.50D
Vive le chalkware! This vintage French chalkware bust or sculpture of an elderly couple features exquisite modeling and colors. Crafted circa 1940, this vintage chalkware piece measures about 14 inches tall and is marked on the back near the bottom. This French Country couple appear to share an inside joke, as the gentleman gently rests his hand on his wife's shoulder. Her red headscarf contrasts with their blue blouses, and a wheat stalk completes the pastoral evocation of French Country life. Vintage chalkware collectors won't want to miss this one!
Chalkware is a term that refers to decorative items made out of gypsum, which were very popular from the late 18th century through the 1930s. Gypsum is a mineral compound also called sulphate of lime, which is usually found underground near limestone deposits. Raw gypsum is a pure white crystal called alabaster. When gypsum is heated, the resulting white powder is called burnt gypsum, also known as Plaster of Paris for the large gypsum deposit at Montmartre in Paris. Ordinary schoolroom chalk is also a form of burnt gypsum. Gypsum is easily cast into sculptures and decoration for frames, but is quite soft and breaks easily.
In overall good condition. Antique and vintage items by their very nature show normal wear to finish and miscellaneous scratches, nicks, and dings due to age and use. As we define 'good condition' relative to the stated age of the piece, we would expect to see 'character marks' consistent with that age and could include nicks or dings to a wooden, metal, enamel, or chalkware object, wear to a painted surface, speckling on a mirror, crazing, wear to gilding, or manufacturing glaze skips in ceramic finish, wear to a label, and some original decorative trim may be missing. If ceramic/porcelain restoration has been done, it is of museum-quality so that it is hardly discernible and would be specifically mentioned in the listing. 'Good condition' could include very small fleabite chips or very small hairline cracks in any glass, ceramic, or marble item, but these would be specifically mentioned in the listing.
Shows normal wear to painted finish due to age and use.
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The decorative arts are traditionally defined as ornamental and functional works in ceramic, wood, glass, metal, or textile. The field includes ceramics, glass, furniture, furnishings, interior design, and architecture. Decorative items are used to make one's home more beautiful and to bring joy to daily life.
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- Fine Art
- Width: 10.5 inches
- Height: 14 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Used - Good. See description for more details.