20th Century Pair of Beggars
Pair of Beggars in Pastiglia of the first half of 20th century. With a lovely patina, both sculptures are decorated in brown and ivory tones. One figure depicts Rigoletto, the court jester, as indicated in the square base of the standing figure. The other figure represents a sort of caricature of an old deformed and quite suffering character : the hump, the leek on the forehead, the aching posture and the anguished expression of the face are the elements of a characteristic physiognomic repertoire of popular and grotesque representations realized in Northern Europe.
On the back of the base of the Rigoletto we find the initials MDPS probably referring to the manufacturer.
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