Two extrem rare polychrome painted male and female oriental figures with water jug was executed ca. in 1870-s by good listed Austrian interior decorator, sculptor and architect Franz Hampel (1834 Buergstein/Bohemia - 1918 Vienna).The artist was student of the Viennese Academy and became known for numerous work in the time of increasing building activity on the occasion of the extension of Vienna, under others with the interior decoration of the Palace Koburg, the east railway station and many distinguished private buildings . On the Viennese World Exhibition in 1873 he took part with a monumental design "Bust of Austria" (15 meters high), whose execution was omitted.
Literature: Thieme/Becker " Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart", Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed on the base of female figure and work`s number on the back of base of male figure.
Technique: burnished and polychrome painted terracotta
Measurements: each high 34 1/4 " (87 cm); diameter of circular base 10 1/4 " (26 cm).
Condition: in good condition.