Magnificent pair of old French soft paste figurines measure approx 10" and 10 1/4" respectively.
Two cherub - faced young girls sit atop a small pillar.
One represents INDUSTRY and the other IDLENESS.
Strangely, the words are written in English, but the pieces were confirmed to be French by 2 experts.
Each figurine is beautifully modelled.
The cloth that Industry is working and the book that Idleness reads are left plain white, as is most of the rest of the figures.
Details of hair and delicte flowers are very fine.
THe pieces are in good condition.
Since they are made of soft paste, some dirt has seeped into the clay, particularly around Idleness's knee.
None of this is offensive, but adds to the charm of these beautiful people.
There is quite a lot of crazing, clearly shown in the photos and some of the flowers on the base of Idleness seem to have been reglued.
However, besides some very minor chips, everything else is in very good shape.
The base of each piece is marked with her name:Idleness and Industry.
Please contact me via ginton@flinet.
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