Hand painted plaster bust of an antelope sitting on its two front legs and with long, curved antlers. The cast plaster reproduction piece is nearly 15 inches in overall height, making it quite large and giving it the kind of presence it would certainly have placed anywhere in the home or office.
The plaster bust of the antelope is a quite accurate, fairly detailed and well realized copy of an original archaic sculpture of an antelope, most likely Egyptian or Persian in origin. The plaster bust is hand painted in variegated deep olive, with charcoal black and clay red details. There's also an original fern-like hieroglyph in gold line that resembles a staff of grass painted on the sides of the piece, no doubt to abstractly represent the animal in its natural habitat. It's two front arms are also merely referenced with bas-relief form, making the entire figure feel much more like a Modernist, abstract work of sculpture than an archaic sculpture of an antelope, most likely originally conceived in Egypt or possibly Persia centuries and centuries ago.
Estate fresh and in very well-preserved overall vintage condition. The remnants of the metallic Alva Museum Replicas A. Maker's label can be found on the bottom of the deep charcoal black painted wood plinth block base.A really handsome piece that was clearly well-cared for and without the kinds of flea-bites to its edges, fractures or plaster loss which usually mars and depreciates these vintage plaster reproduction sculptures. Great form, great hand painted, original surfaces and great condition make this a wonderful piece. Good to Very Good overall vintage condition. The item "1954 VINT ALVA MUSEUM REPLICAS SIGNED LARGE HAND PAINTED PLASTER ANTELOPE BUST" is in sale since Thursday, April 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.