Posted 10 years ago
A Saturday morning "early-bird" purchase just a year ago. I had just arrived at the market when I saw the figure. I bought her, put her in a box and safely got her home on a bus. She is a terra cotta figure, slip cast, partially glazed with gilded hair and hand-painted decoration to the face.
She is 16.1 ins or 41 cm tall.
Josef Lorenzl designed her for Goldscheider in 1939. My figure is later for sure, when Germany used pre-war designs to get back on their feet.
The form is called "adagio" which means 'at ease'.
I think it refers to the slow, enfolding movement of a dancer leading to an extension of the leg. It's meant to grab attention with a breath-taking gymnastic leap or leg extension.
Strike a pose!
I'm still shocked that she has survived this long in perfect condition. People have been looking after her well for the last sixty years.
I mean to keep it that way.