Life-size spelter Orientalist sculpture attributed to Hottot

Attributed to Hottot, Louis (French, 1829-1905)


This phenomenal sculpture depicting a female figure resting on a table with a large vase, wows with its magnificent size and impressive detailing.


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This incredible figural group is a masterclass in Orientalist sculpture, rendered on an immense scale. The sculpture has been attributed to French sculptor Louis Hottot (1829-1905), who specialised in producing spelter Orientalist scenes and figures, and this work is typical of his style.

The focus of the group is the female figure, who rests against the edge of the table. She is dressed in a typical Arabian fashion, and the detailed drapery of her robe and headdress showcase the skill of the carving. Patination is also utilised, which further adds to the realism of her robes. Coloured accents stand out against the bronze tones of the spelter, such as the painted decoration of her necklace and real earrings. In her right hand, she holds a small fan with gold detailing decorated with a delicate foliate design. 

Taking up most of the table is an incredibly ornate large vase, finely cast from bronze. The vase is partially gilded, adding intricately overlapping geometric designs and Arabic calligraphy, providing a stunning colour contrast against the deep bronze. Throughout the vase, the sculptural prowess shines, with impressive relief work in both geometric and arabesque designs.

Further elaborate decoration can be seen in the supporting table. Bringing in red tones to complement the existing colour palette, the table is decorated in the Alhambra style, with geometric Moorish patterns adorning the octagonal top and the legs. The entire group is seated upon a stepped wooden plinth with canted corners and geometric gilt mounts, the deep colour of which complements the tones of bronze and spelter.

With its sensational size and fabulous design features, this figural group would be a magnificent addition to the appropriate interior.


Artist / Maker
Attributed to Hottot, Louis (French, 1829-1905)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Bronze, Gilt, Spelter, Wood
Brown, Gold, Metallic


194 cm / 76.4 inches
84 cm / 33.1 inches
75 cm / 29.5 inches


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