Recently discovered on a property in Nice, France, this hand-carved sculpture depicts two bacchanalian cherubs. The limestone carving, measuring over 37 inches tall and dating to the 1700s, shows a playful duo huddling together, arms wrapped around each other. One figure is lifting a bunch of grapes in his right hand as his offhand wraps around his friend’s shoulder. He is clad in a bundled fabric that hangs loosely on his hips, and his right leg is elevated on a rock behind him. The other cherub is fully embracing his partner, with a grapevine in lieu of a fabric sash. Our 18th-century carving of two bacchanalian cherubs would make a wonderful garden sculpture. It could also be displayed indoors in a wine room or French “jardin d’hiver”, possibly elevated on a pedestal.
CONDITION: Strong antique condition, with fleabites and minor losses, most noticeably to the plinth. Traces of old repairs, as seen on the verso side and sections of the plinth (see photos for details).