Each antique, architectural statue is modeled in tan terracotta, as life size Lansquenet military guards in Renaissance dress.
The Lansquenets were the German militia infantry from the 15th-17th centuries. Calandrelli contributed to many decorations of German public buildings, including the terracotta reliefs for the town hall in Berlin. Note: a matching pair of Lansquenets appear on the facade of a historic building (Potsdamer Strasse 105) in Berlin (see last photos).
MAKER Alexander Calandrelli (German, 1834-1903)
MARKS Signed: Calandrelli.
DATE c. 1880
DIMENSIONS Width 38 Depth 25 Height 83 in.
CONDITION Note: restoration to hand and foot. Weathering and some losses and chips. Each would have held a flag post.