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Vintage Madonna and child figurine with two angels, plaster. I'm a little mystified by this exquisite Madonna and child with attending angels - they are beautifully cast, very sculptural, with very tender facial expressions. Why plaster, a very humble medium, for such striking work? I believe these are probably from the fifties, although there's a touch of art deco in the abstracted angularity of the figures. They were painted with a thin layer of a sort of pale terra cotta color, with Mary's and Jesus" hair being more gold, and Mary's mouth tinted pink. Mary is 8 inches tall, with the angels being 4 inches and three inches tall respectively. They are much worn, with the paint missing from several places, although since it is a tint, it is not as obvious as it might be. There is loss to the ends of the noses of the two smaller figures (see last photo). The only mark is an incised "IK" on the base of Mary with what appears to be number "11" in between the two capital letters in red ink.

What has me kind of gob-smacked is just that there isn't a smidgen of kitsch in these figures - despite their sentimentality and despite the fact that the subject has been done so many times.

Vintage Madonna and child figurine with two angels, plaster