16th Century Renaissance Italian Caryatids Large Scale Pair of Wall Sculptures
Unique pair of Italian hand-carved caryatids, dating back to 1500 circa, almost 83 inches 210cm high, this antique pair of dark patina Renaissance sculptures comes from a choral ensemble, used as partitions between the stalls. The two bas-relief figures have long hair, hold Ionic capital on their heads. A drapery and scrolls connect the figures to the carved pilaster. In the middle part, two different compositions of fruit carved in high relief.
The caryatids show old conservative restorations with minor additions consistent with the age of 1500, are in a good age related condition, with a beautiful dark patina.
The caryatid is a female figure as a support architectural element, with a decorative function of architraves, balustrades, balconies, shelves. The caryatid was also widely used in the decoration of furniture, sometimes completely detached from its supporting functions, only for ornamental motifs purpose.
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