Hollywood Deco Chinoiserie Mid Century Exotic Tall Chinese Statues
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These 1950s statuettes are hand painted in great detail and in vivid colors unfaded by time. The Chinese male official stands 16 inches tall and his female companion is 16 1/2 inches tall; both are standing on round platforms 4 3/4 inches in diameter. They are felted on the bottoms in dark green to protect the surface they adorn. Each weighs about 2 1/2 pounds.
The Chinese woman is dressed in her red robe that has metallic gold touches, with a lime green underskirt and elaborate headdress. Her feet are bound (notice how much smaller they are than the man's) and she is wearing her black "lotus shoes" over white socks. She's holding a gilded statue of Buddha.
The Chinese man wears a turquoise robe highlighted with metallic silver accents, with a ceremonial dagger tucked into the sash, over flowing pink pants. His forehead is shaven, with his black hair in a long queue down his back; he also has both a mustache and a long goatee.
These tall statues are made of cast plaster that has a smooth surface, not porous or pitted like chalkware often has. They were definitely made as decorative pieces, not carnival prizes. After they were painted, they were given a darkening "antique" glaze, which you'll notice in the folds of the clothing and on the bases. The woman's head at some point in the past was reattached, leaving a fine line that you can see on the back of her neck. This was done so skillfully we did not notice it until after we bought them. She also has a bit of paint rubbed off on the back of her left shoulder. The paint, molded features and overall condition of both are otherwise very good.
This pair looks especially fabulous played against Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, Asian and Mid Century décors.