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Hand Carved Polychromed Italian Blackamoor Torchieres
A highly decorative pair of matching right and left Italian Blackamoor Torchieres, each mounted with an electrified nine-light candelabra, each facing the other on a rusticated perch of rocks atop a pedestal base. They stand with towel in hand ready to serve and are exquisitely decorated in gold and silver leaf applied over a polychrome finish.
Inspired by the 17th century Baroque style of Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732) who incorporated carved and painted sculptures of "young negras boys" as bases to tables, cabinet pediments, and columns, Blackamoors have continued to be used as decorative objects throughout the centuries.
The Italian aristocracy often used Blackamoors to grace either side of the grand entrances of their palaces. The Venetians created these figures out of papier-mâché with elaborate gilding and polychrome finishes. Unfortunately few of these more delicate examples have survived unscathed into the 21st century. Carved wood and gesso were also used to create larger more majestic figures in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.
These sculpted and hand painted Blackamoors were created in Italy during the rococo revival of the early to mid 20th century, made of a composition, they are beautifully decorated and almost life-like. They are two-part construction with the candelabra fitted to the top and secured by a metal rod. They have been electrified and are up to modern standards. Both Blackamoors are in excellent age appropriate condition with minor restoration to one finger; imposing height and weight.
Size 82" Height x 18" Depth
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