Painted spelter sculpture of a reclining figure by Hottot

GBP 9,500.00

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Object Description

This three-piece sculpture of a turbaned and bejewelled figure is cast from spelter, cold painted, and parcel gilt. The figure reclines prone upon a divan, propping up her head and torso by her elbows. The silk pillows beneath her elbows crease underneath her weight, and the divan sinks beneath her body. Her face, upright and forward, carries a knowing smile. The figure, who wears a turban playfully toped by a fez, is covered by a gold-and-green banded drape. The turban and the drape can be removed, leaving the figure nude upon the divan. The tone of the sculpture is light-hearted and playful in the manner of much Belle Époque art. The polychrome colour palette employed is richly saturated: earthy greens are offset by shades of red and purple, which complement the glint of the parcel gilt and the beautiful bronze hues of her body.

The sculpture is signed ‘L. Hottot’ on the divan.

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