Art Nouveau Plaster of Paris Bust of Girl Gustave Van Vaerenbergh Belgium


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This is an antique plaster of Paris bust molded in the likeness of a young woman, rendered in the Art Nouveau style. Difficult to read, but the piece is signed at the back with G.Van Vaerenbergh (1873-1927), a Belgian sculptor known for rendering female busts. His works were produced in various materials including plastic of Paris, such as this example. The workshop of A. Carli Freres of Schaerbeek, Belgium produced Van Vaerenberghs works as he was an employee, so this piece was certainly made by them, probably circa 1910, certainly no later than 1925, when Van Vaerenbergh was no longer employed there. The base is impress numbered with 1052.
The bust.measures 6 1/8 by 4 across its base and 7 1/2 in height. As typical with older plaster of Paris, there is a chip to back of the piece (see close-up photo) that looks like it was caused by a burst bubble in the plaster and another small one to the side of the base and to the side of her hair. Also there is a bit of scuffing to the finish at the back of the head, a scuff to her nose and other minor defects - please look at the enlarged photos. My understanding is that it is fairly simple to repair plaster like this. Aside from some minor scratches to the paint, there are no other noted defects and the bust displays well.
Despite the various small defects, this is a lovely art nouveau bust - beautiful in the right decor!