These porcelain relief plaques represent Day and Night, after the originals by the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Thorvaldsen (1770-1848) was born in Denmark, studied and worked in Rome, and was considered one of the greatest classical sculptors of the nineteenth century. The plaques are not dated, but the original framing is in the style of the 1870s.
The plaques were provided with holes for hanging without frames, but the original owner must have chosen to provide a more elaborate setting, with velvet mounts and silver-gilt frames.
They retain their original frames and mountings, but due to condition issues, these have been re-fitted in the frames. All work was done to ensure that re-opening at a later time would be easy to accomplish. The original fabric on the mounts is, as is to be expected, deteriorated after 125 years or so, and the next owner may wish to replace this. I have pictured the original backing materials, much of which have crumbled to dust.
I have included some photos taken before framing was cleaned; most of what looks like discoloration is actually fibers from deteriorating fabric - actual plaques have only slight discoloration.
Impressed markings on plaque appear to be a series of numbers/letters; any maker's name is illegible.
Partial label of Boston framer located on Court St. - this address is now located under four lanes of traffic!
Size: Approximately diameter 5.6.25"; overall framed size 10.375" square.
Condition: Porcelains have no flaws. Typical age related signs of usage/scratches on framing/glass.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.
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