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ALBERT DOMINIQUE ROSÉ (Francia, 1861 - 1952),...

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ALBERT DOMINIQUE ROSÉ (Francia, 1861 - 1952), para Goldscheider. Austria. ca. 1895. "Girl with a Mousetrap Clock". Art Nouveau sculpture in polychrome terracotta. Signed on the front. stamps and numbering on the reverse. One hand of the clock is missing. Wear and tear due to the passage of time. Measurements: 47 x 30 x 28 cm. Polychrome terracotta sculpture, representing a girl with a rattrap watch in her hand and a cat at her feet, in a funny attitude when she wants to wind up the watch with the string she is holding in her hand. It is signed on the front and has stamps and numbering on the back. In 1885, the sculptor Friedrich Goldscheider left his native Pilsen and settled in Vienna, where he founded his own manufactory of terracotta pieces. He soon became one of the most influential artists in the fields of ceramics and bronze, with shops in Austria, Paris, Leipzig, Berlin and Florence. For more than half a century the Goldscheider firm, considered the best modernist terracotta factory, created masterpieces of historicism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The founder was able to attract both acclaimed artists and young innovators to his factory, so that great ceramists of the time, such as W. Bosse, B. Geiger, J. Lorenzl, I. Meisinger and M. Powolny, among others, worked there. After Goldscheider's death, the factory was taken over by his widow Regina, who continued to produce her husband's models, together with new ones created by the artists who worked for the firm, such as D. Chiparus during the Art Deco period. Until its closure with the rise of National Socialism, the factory produced more than four thousand different models, both by Goldscheider himself and by other authors. From the very beginning, the factory won numerous awards, first prizes and gold medals at countless world fairs, exhibitions and trade fairs. Today its pieces are in great demand by collectors all over the world. They can now be admired in museums around the world, such as the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 2007, Goldscheider's works were shown at the Vienna Museum and the following year at the LBI in New York.

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