This exquisite vintage Italian statue depicts an absolutely extraordinary and ethereal and hand-painted angel.
We found this piece a number of years ago on the East Coast and know that it was brought to the US from Italy.
It is a masterpiece with amazing presence. We had this standing on a tall, strong column in our brick and mortar store as a center piece.
We had many, many, many offers to buy it, but we were just too in love with it to part. It is really amazing and truly a work of art.
However, it belongs with another family now who will cherish it as much as we do.
This is a really LARGE piece at just under 4 ft., so be mindful of its size.
Measuring almost 40 inches tall, this substantial piece is rendered with dazzling detail and lustrous color.
The sculpture has been constructed using a technique developed during the Italian Renaissance which involves carving the sculpture in wood and covering it with a thin layer of plaster followed by gesso.
This gives the piece a smooth exterior, allowing for a consistent painted finish.
As you can see, the angel wears a golden one-shouldered robe which stands out beautifully against the pallor of his skin.
The rich golden hue of the robe is accented with hand-painted florals that blend into the dramatic background nicely.
The angel's burgundy sash matches the red on the soles of his sandals.
You can see that the shoes are ornately decorated with florals and green accents.
You will notice that the figure's skin has been painted to exude a high degree of realism while the serene face is incredibly emotive.
It is easy to see that a great deal of attention has been paid to each aspect of the angel's body and clothing.
Even the figure's rich, golden wings are depicted with remarkable dimension and dynamic texture.
The expected wear and minor finish-loss to the paint give the figure and incredible sense of dimension and give it a time enhanced appeal.
The angel stands on a beautifully crafted base with boasts bold golden petals.
A steel rod emanates from the center of the base and slides through two metal loops affixed to the figure's back.
This way, the angel can be separated completely, but the base makes for an exceptional finishing touch.
Despite some expected wear and a few minor chips to the plaster here and there, this heavenly sculpture remains in good vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Total height is 39 3/4", Base is 7 3/4" tall and 13 1/2" in diameter, Angel is 32" tall with 26" wingspan Weight: 33 lbs.