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Post by Hierocles on May 24th 2017, 12:42 am

I bought this about 25 years ago at an estate sale. It is an absolutely incredible vintage Art Deco terra cotta figural sculpture of a young woman seated in restful meditation with a garland of flowers draped over her lap. It measures is 16" high and rests on a 10 1/2" X 6 1/2" X 2 1/4" rectangular base. It has an incised signature of E. NIKOLSKY.

The only thing I have been able to find for E. Nikolsky are multiple Modernist Dog Sculpture Bookends and a couple of ceramic crackle glazed figural pieces that were made by the Havra Company, or C. H., France but signed by E. Nikolsky. The signature looks very similar on all the pieces that I have been able to find. No information on the artist and nothing really on ceramics or Terra-cotta pieces. Again, all help in identifying this is most greatly appreciated.Large Terra cotta Art Deco Figural Sculpture, Signed Decosc11
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Post by hercules brabazon on May 24th 2017, 3:10 am

There was a sculptor called Helen or Elena Nikolsky or Rachkovsky-Nikolsky (1907-1979). She is buried with her husband Afanasy A Nikolsky (sometimes known as "Alexei Nikolsky") in North Hayling, Hampshire. She exhibited as "Helen Nikolsky" at Foyle's gallery, London, in a joint show with her husband in 1959.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35050369

According to this link the Nikolskys lived in Poland before fleeing to England via France.
http://www.cjharries.f2s.com/%20nikolsky_gallery.htm

Not definite, but worth considering.
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Post by Hierocles on May 24th 2017, 3:32 pm

Thank you so much for the information! That is the best lead I think I've ever had in my search for information on the name. I will look into it. Whether it pans out as the artist or not it is always exciting to find new information and possible leads.
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