This is an amazing piece!
From the l8th Century, 1740-1780 is what comes to my mind, and not only extremely detailed, but rendered with superior artistic skills, as even the characters' features are realistic!
This is a procession medallion, one that was attached to the top of a banner rod, glittering like gold in the sunlight.
It is made of "repousse" brass, and portrays Judith, the female warrior of the Bible, with a beautiful face, and a muscular body, reminiscent of Joan of Arc, having just sent Holophernes to Heavens!
The style is Baroque, with this stunning scene happening under an arch, with 2 columns on the sides and resting on a pedestal.
The interior has a profusion of details:
from the bedroom's drapes with their tassels, to the warlord's shield with a star, to Judith's elaborate costume.
Even the ceiling is decorated with a shell, a motif typical of the French 18th Century.
The scene exterior is also very ornate, pure "rococo".
"Repousse" brass in modern times usually is a fairly thick layer, but in this ancient piece, due to the finesse of the artwork, it is ultra thin and light.
The back of the piece was lead, which gave it more weight, but we decided to remove it. It has now been replaced with cardboard.
The piece can become a centerpiece in a curio cabinet, on a shelf. or can be hanged. It can also be framed in a creative way, with the medallion at the center of a velvet box, (red, burgundy, royal blue) giving it extra prestige.
CONDITION: In very good condition for its age, with just slight distortions of the columns, and one crack along the left column, hardly noticeable, which does not affect the integrity of the piece.
Due to its material, this piece has not really aged, and should remain intact for a couple more Centuries!
A rare Baroque treasure, and a breathtaking artwork.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 5 1/2". Width: 3 5/8". Depth: 1/2".
( 14 cm) by ( 9 cm) by ( 1.5 cm)
SHIPPING: Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including online tracking (US, Canada, Europe) insurance and signature at delivery.
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