Two amusing cherubs ride in a two-wheeled cart which holds a lovely Italian ceramic dresser tray.
The cart is heavy and is made up of a combination of hard metals which have been gilded. It has two life-like little cherubs, with delicate little wings and chubby bodies. The cart has two wheels (they are static, they do not roll) and a long decorative center made up of arabesques.
The dresser tray is ceramic, and has a relief work cherub in the center. He stands in a countryside setting, with his arrows and a flaming torch. He has a look of reflection on his face, as if pondering where he will go to find his next couple. The tray is gilded at the edge, the colors of the central scene are rich and bright (deep forest green, magenta, Tuscan yellow,soft blue). The edge of the tray is fluted and at the outside of each flute is a hand painted gilt decoration.
The tray measures:4 1/2" x 4 1/4", 1 1/4" high. The cart measures 5 1/2" wide (wheel to wheel) and 7 1/4" long.
It is an unusual little piece, full of joy and color.
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