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    Posted 8 years ago

    vintagerobot
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    Hi Guys,

    I found this beautiful figure over Easter weekend. She was definitely made in art nouveau style with her flowing hair and green dress and (what I think is) calla lily bouquet. I found some works by an Austrian artist that seem to be in similar style. She is roughly 1 foot tall and hollow inside. At first I thought she was ceramic but now I think she is painted ceramic on top of metal. She rings when I tap her. Some kind of copper alloy? The hollow structure opening at the bottom makes me wonder if she is a Christmas tree topper. But when is she from? Where was she made? I can't find anything else like this online.

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    1. vintagerobot, 8 years ago
      Okay, I think maybe it is made of spelter, not ceramic at all. Curious why is the paint so dull and matte?
    2. maryh1956 maryh1956, 8 years ago
      She is beautiful! I'm guessing there are no makers marks anywhere?
    3. Thespian, 8 years ago
      It reminds me of the figurehead (if that's what they're called) on the bow of a sailing ship. Maybe it was the inspiration for this lovely piece.
    4. cogito cogito, 8 years ago
      This strikes me as being hispanic in nature and design. While the style is reminiscent of Art Nouveau, I believe that she is really more recent (modern) and either hispanic or American Indian in origin. Beautiful, though!
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      I'd say it's Mexican...
    6. vintagerobot, 8 years ago
      @Mary No, there are no maker's marks unfortunately.

      @Austro @cogito Yeah, that would make sense since I found her in Southern California. It kind of does seem like a modern art person was emulating Austria / France Art Nouveau.
    7. vintagerobot, 8 years ago
      @Thesbian I know! I thought of a ship's bow also - At first I thought she was doing the classic "Titanic", but now I'm thinking she is supposed to be throwing the flowers in a big sweeping motion.

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