French majolica ‘boy’ corner decoration, attr. Choisy-le-roi, c. 1870
Very unusual French Majolica corner-hanging, modelled as a smartly dressed young boy in striped coat, yellow bow tie and blue hat, climbing a grapevine with hanging branches of life-sized grapes, the back and top unglazed with suspension points.
attributed to Choisy-le-roi,
Condition:some small repairs & losses to leaves, displays very well.
57cm high, aprox. 55cm at the widest. Boy is 40cm.
This very unusual piece doesn’t actually function as a wall bracket as expected, as the points of attachment are on the top surface. It fits into the 3 surfaces of a corner, and may have been intended as a decoration in a conservatory or ‘smoking’ room. No other example traced.
Our attribution to Choosy is based on the clay body, the glazes, and the extremely well moulded and constructed form.
Locals in Victoria may know of the fabulous Minton Majolica Peacock, life-sized, which was brought out to the 1880 exhibition in Melbourne – but lost in the tragedy of the Loch Art shipwreck. It floated ashore, and can now be seen in the Maritime Museum in Warrnambool. The artist of the peacock was Paul Comolera – and before he went to the Minton Works in England, he was active in France in the Choosy-le-Roi factory.
Pieces like this are probably what he worked on between major commissions like the life-sized roosters and cockatoos.
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