An unusual Austrian art pottery sculptural figure of St Christopher carrying the Christ child across a river attributed to renowned Austrian sculptor, Ceramist, designer and teacher Michael Powolny (Austrian, 1871-1954) and probably dating between 1920 and 1930. The hand-crafted figure shows St Christopher with the Christ child on his shoulder and a wooden staff in his right hand wading across a river with a church perched on top of a hill in the background. The sun us shown offset with a smiling face looking down on the figures. The sculpture is created in a naive style and is hand painted in tones of brown, blue and green over a beige glazed ground. The figure has an impressed mark to the back.
Provenance: acquired from the British Art market.
In good condition with a few minor rubbing and glaze chips around the back edge and a few natural underglaze firing flaws in the making.
Origin : Austria
Maker : Michael Powolny
Manufacture Date : Circa 1920-30
Materials : Stoneware