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Socialist-Realist clay sculpture by F. Mentlik (Czechoslovakia)

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Posted 4 months ago


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Though I mainly collect European art glass and embroidered linens, I also have some other bits and bobs, this being one of my favorites… a massive and very heavy clay Socialist-Realist sculpture by Frantisek Mentlik (b. 1914 d.1965 Czechoslovakia).

It depicts a woman, with strong legs and rather manly hands, working exceptionally hard moving large bricks. I assume it was made sometime between 1948 and the early 1960s.

Signed “F.Mentlik”
Height: 36cm
Length: 33cm
Weight: close to 10kg

My husband, who happened to grow up in ‘Soviet’ Poland, dislikes it greatly, but I think it’s fabulous. Its size alone is impressive, and the figure fascinating – she’s a much stronger woman than I could ever be.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    FABULOUS !!!

    Welcome to CW.

    I suspect that there will be fabulous things to come !!!!
  2. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
    Fantastic sculpture Anik. The sculpting shows her strength and her resilience; a hard days work in hard times I think.
    I too am looking forward to seeing more posts from you!
  3. Anik Anik, 4 months ago
    Thank you both for your kind words. Very much appreciated.
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 months ago
  5. Anik Anik, 3 months ago
    Thank you, Sean.
    And thank you for the 'loves'.
  6. Trey Trey, 5 days ago
    Welcome to C.W. :)
  7. Anik Anik, 4 days ago
    Thank you very much, Trey, I was here before, but I deleted my account. After some time, I decided to come back... I really enjoy looking at what other people collect and reading their stories. :)
  8. Trey Trey, 4 days ago
    Isn’t it fun Anik :) I could spend all day on here LOL, jumping from page to page and meeting people from all over the world.

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