ANTIQUES: The Goldscheider factories made beautiful Art Deco figurines

Well my wife and I have had our first vaccinations. The experience was exhilaratingly efficient and completely painless.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:10 pm

Much like the annual flu vaccination, only more exciting. While in the ‘booth’ we struck up a conversation with our nurse about the last big pandemic to hit the world, the flu epidemic just after World War One. About the time when those wonderful Goldscheider Art Deco figures were so popular. The Goldscheider Porcelain Manufacturer and Majolica Factory was founded in Vienna in 1885 by Freidrich Goldscheider. It quickly earned itself international acclaim becoming one of the leading ceramics companies in Europe opening branches in Paris, Florence, Leipzig and Berlin. Freidrich worked with his sons Walter and Marcell who would later move to America and England respectively to continue expanding the business after Hilter’s regime forced the family to flee Austria in 1938. The Goldscheider factories are probably the most well known of the potteries who made the beautiful Art Deco figurines that were so popular in the 1920s and 30s. The figurines depicted elegant, slim-lined and fashionable ladies typically displayed in movement, whether it was mid-dance, an acrobatic stance or simply a sweeping gesture, with dramatic curves that allowed their flowing dresses and sleeves to produce eye-catching, decorative features for the pieces. The large flat areas of the extended dresses, scarves or sleeves were decorated with intricate, colourful designs that contrasted with the light, porcelain-like skin tones of the women. A high quality of detail and skill in the artwork as well as a characterful and appealing face all add value to these figurines. Damage or poor restoration can dramatically reduce desirability and thus value.

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Goldscheider Art Deco figures became popular just after World War One