Two Orientalist terracotta busts, attributed Goldscheider

Attributed to Goldscheider (Austrian, founded 1885)


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The pair of terracotta busts depict a Nubian man and woman, who are dressed in colourful clothing, set on square plinths. The woman wears a full-bodied red dress and necklace, and the man a red and cream striped shawl. The man is bearded and his hair tied up on top of his head, while the woman wears her hair down and partially covered by a cream headdress. Both figures lower their eyes to the ground, away from the viewer.

Crafted from terracotta, these busts have been skilfully modelled and hand-painted, so that they appear very realistic. The craftsman has been able to accurately render the different textures of smooth skin, curly hair and beard, and the soft, heavy folds of drapery. These sculptures are technically superb.

The busts were most likely crafted by the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory in Austria, which was one of the most well-known ceramic manufacturers in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The pair are similar to another terracotta Nubian couple, created by the famous Austrian sculptor, Arthur Strasser.
Each bust takes the following dimensions:

Female bust: Height 58cm, width 37cm, depth 30cm
Male bust: Height 57cm, width 43cm, depth 23cm


Artist / Maker
Attributed to Goldscheider (Austrian, founded 1885)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Figurative Art, Orientalist, Portrait
Black, Cream, Red


58 cm / 22.8 inches
37 cm / 14.6 inches
30 cm / 11.8 inches


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