A pair of statuettes earthenware Niderviller representing a couple of gardeners called "à la balustrade".
The gardener is leaning on a pot of flowers, the gardener on a watering can.
These beautiful statuettes faience Niderviller, part of the series of peasant life, conducted under the direction of the sculptor Philippe Arnold from 1759.
Philippe Arnold was trained by Guillaume Lanz in Frankenthal. He will be the only sculptor of Niderviller from 1759 to 1780, when he left for Haguenau.
He created during his presence in Niderviller nearly 600 models, according to Ms. Chantale Soudée-Lacombe, composed of more or less important groups, isolated characters representing:
- gallant scenes,
- characters from the peasant life,
- allegories of the seasons,
- 4 parts of the world,
- cries of Paris,
The quality of these sculptures, the fineness of the dough, the colors and the design are a marvel that can be compared to Kandler's sculptures in Meissen.
A similar pair was kept in the Papillon collection, see sales catalog of March 10, 1919.
A small restoration at the handle of the watering can and the handle of the spade