Offered for sale is a very unusual pair of 19th century French Art Nouveau table or console pedestals Herms. They are mounted with a pair of spelter busts depicting Dionysus and his companion supported on triangular columns painted in heightened enamels with birds and flowers. The columns terminate in a tripartite base lifted on scrolled feet.
These pieces are typical of the fanciful decorative styles of late 19th century Paris when art and literature flourished in the newly found lyrical style know as Art Nouveau. Spelter was often substituted for bronze as a lighter less expensive metal that could be cast in smaller forms. Many famous sculptures, originally executed in bronze and marble, were copied in spelter.
The combination of spelter figures mounted on hand painted porcelain-enameled pedestals is quite rare even for the Art Nouveau period. They would be splendid mounted on a fireplace mantle or console. The pieces are in age appropriate condition with wear present to the finish on the Spelter surface having just the right amount of patina. The enamel is very finely crazed.
Size: 25 1/2" Height by 7" Width by 7" Depth.