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Elenita Plá, Antonio Peyró

N Inv.: CE1 / 03289

This polychrome ceramic sculpture portrays Elena Plá Toda, the winner of the 1930 Spanish beauty pageant and participant in the Paris and Rio de Janeiro international beauty pageants of the same year. The figure is dressed in Spanish costume with an embroidered shawl and an ornamental comb. Women are the central figures of Peyro’s naturalistic and folkloric decorative sculptures.

The piece dates from around 1930-35. The Art Deco influence can be seen in both the execution and the colouring of the piece.

Antonio Peyró Mezquita (1884-1954), born in Onda, was given a grant by the Diputación de Castellón (Castellon County Council) and studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos (the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts) in Valencia. By 1914 he had set up his first workshop, where he created a collection of small decorative figures. By 1918 he had begun to develop a series of female figurines dressed in regional costumes. The business thrived, which allowed him to open shops in Valencia and Madrid and to dedicate part of the production to export. He also produced a collection of decorative tableware. He was awarded medals in national exhibitions in 1922 and 1926 as well as in the Philadelphia International Exhibition in 1926. His 1947 exhibition in Madrid was hosted by important people of the time: the Marquis Lozoya, the Count Casal Manuel Escríva de Romaní, and Gonzalez Martí himself.

On display in Sala del Modernismo (Art Nouveau Room), first floor.

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