Classical Stoneware Maiden
A rare stoneware figure representing the Applied Arts, crowned with flowers and wearing classical robes and a plated pectoral with central winged mask and a snake border, an allusion to Athena, Patron Goddess of the Arts, standing with her right hand on her hip holding a sculptor’s tool, her left hand holding a palette and resting on a fragmentary kneeling torso symbolizing Sculpture, stamped on the base “Villeroy & Boch” (Wallerfangen, Mannheim), German, ca. 1900. 63.5 ins. high, 28 ins. wide, 20 ins. deep, integral self-base 19 ins. x 18.5 ins.
According to the archivist at Villeroy & Boch, this figure was one of a set of four figures that also included Science, Commerce, and Trade.