Pair of Antique European 19th century Spelter Sculptures of Chinese Couple
A very rare pair of antique european late 19th century cold painted spelter sculptures on elaborated square bases. The finely and realistically modelled sculptures depict a Chinese man and a Chinese woman in national costumes. The man is wearing a long green robe with gold swirl motifs, grey Balloon Pants and red shoes on his feet, the hair is braided and drawn back under a black hat. His left hand is grasping a Chinese musical stringed instrument (Erhu).
The female is wearing a lavish robe, elaborately embroidered with a gold floral design on green-ground, and a long grey dress with gold stripes. Her hair is styled in a Triple Roll Bun adorned by clasps in the form of a butterfly and flowers.
She is holding in her right hand a teapot and in the left a cup on a small oval tray.
CONDITION: Showing the usage, some wear to the paint consistent with age and use, the bow from the musical instrument, which the man is supposed to hold in his right hand, is missing.
MEASUREMENTS: Height of the man, including the base, approximately: 34cm (13 3/8 in).
Height of the woman, including the base, approximately: 36.5 cm (14 3/8 in.
The figure of the man is shorter because he is standing hunched over an Erhu.