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Art Deco Figure, Harlequin with Flute by Josef Kostial, Goldscheider Vienna

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Very rare Art Deco Goldscheider ceramic figure of the 1920s. Depiction of Till Eulenspiegel in a uniform costume with brown ribbons, framed by a black zigzag pattern, with matching shoes, a large ruff and a brown fool's cap, leaning on a pedestal covered with a colored cloth and playing a flute. On a black oval base with the artist's signature 'Kostial' on the back of the pedestal. Originally from Germany, Till Eulenspiegel allegedly lived as a wandering rogue in the 14th century, born around 1300 in Kneitlingen near Brunswick. He traveled around the Holy Roman Empire and other parts of Europe, as a country traveler he became the protagonist of a Middle Low German collection of swans, which was first published by a Strasbourg publisher without naming an author long after his death around 1510. In later illustrations, the fool's cap became his most important attribute and distinguishing mark, often with 'Donkey ears' and / or bells occupied. 'Eulenspiegel' made his main entrance in English- speaking culture late in the 19th century as 'Owlglass', but was first mentioned in English literature by Ben Jonson in his comedic play The Alchemist. Designed by Josef KOSTIAL (1886-1953) circa 1935-1926 made circa 1930 Manufactory: Goldscheider Vienna / Austria Material and technique: handcrafted ceramics, white earthenware, hand painted, glossy finish Size: height 31.0 cm / 12.20 in width 12.3 cm / 4.84 in depth 17.5 cm / 6.88 in Marks: model number 5102 / 40 / 8 Goldscheider Wien (Vienna) manufactory stamp painter's and former's signs existing Artist signature 'Kostial' on the back of the pedestal Bibliography: DECHANT / GOLDSCHEIDER, GOLDSCHEIDER: Firmengeschichte und Werkverzeichnis / History of the company and catalogue of works, Stuttgart (Germany), 2007, Page 399, Number 5102 Condition: excellent.

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