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

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Posted 1 year ago

Anik
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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.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    FABULOUS !!!

    Welcome to CW.

    I suspect that there will be fabulous things to come !!!!
  2. racer4four racer4four, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you both for your kind words. Very much appreciated.
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 12 months ago
    stunning!!
  5. Anik Anik, 12 months ago
    Thank you, Sean.
    And thank you for the 'loves'.
  6. Trey Trey, 8 months ago
    Welcome to C.W. :)
  7. Anik Anik, 8 months 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, 8 months 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.
  9. Trey Trey, 8 months ago
    Thank you for you love and support on my top post:)
    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/117249-1920s-shell-sign?in=liked-all-time
  10. Anik Anik, 6 months ago
    Thank you, Trey!
  11. Anik Anik, 6 months ago
    I appreciate the loves Johnsmith, KKK and ho2cultcha. Thank you!
  12. Anik Anik, 5 months ago
    Thank you for the love Newfld :)
  13. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 months ago
    wonderful!! i don't know why i can't 'love it' anymore? a glitch maybe?

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