19th Century Italian Renaissance Style Bellows “Soffietto” in Carved Walnut

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19th Century Italian Renaissance Style Bellows “Soffietto” in Carved Walnut

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Description

Known in Italian as a soffietto, this intricately carved walnut bellows was made in the 1800’s in the Renaissance style. A bellows of this size would have been used to provide a quick gust of air to a fireplace, providing sustenance for the flames.

When operating the bellows’ handles, air is expelled from an airtight cavity through a bronze nozzle cast as a stylized dolphin. There is a square entablature above the dolphin that is carved on all four sides with a foliate cup. Burgundy colored leather that has been secured by small nailheads encompasses the cavity, separating the two rigid handles.

The back handle has been shallowly carved with the mascaron of a lion surrounded by curled leaves. An opening in the lion’s mouth functions as an intake valve, allowing air to fill the cavity when the handles are pulled apart. The front handle has been carved in relief, featuring a winged angel on top of a scalloped shell. A pair of bearded mascarons with volute tails envelope the angel and the parted leaf and scrolls beneath the shell. There is another parted leaf near the top, beneath a scalloped shell. Although our Italian Renaissance style bellows could still be used as originally intended, there is a hole in the center of the back side handle, allowing it to serve as a unique wall mounted decorative accessory.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor wear and losses. Minimal traces of old wood worm. Slight buildup to wood and verdigris to spout, both commensurate to age and use.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

In The Style Of

Renaissance

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 23 1/4, W - 9 3/4, D - 3 3/4

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Description

Known in Italian as a soffietto, this intricately carved walnut bellows was made in the 1800’s in the Renaissance style. A bellows of this size would have been used to provide a quick gust of air to a fireplace, providing sustenance for the flames.

When operating the bellows’ handles, air is expelled from an airtight cavity through a bronze nozzle cast as a stylized dolphin. There is a square entablature above the dolphin that is carved on all four sides with a foliate cup. Burgundy colored leather that has been secured by small nailheads encompasses the cavity, separating the two rigid handles.

The back handle has been shallowly carved with the mascaron of a lion surrounded by curled leaves. An opening in the lion’s mouth functions as an intake valve, allowing air to fill the cavity when the handles are pulled apart. The front handle has been carved in relief, featuring a winged angel on top of a scalloped shell. A pair of bearded mascarons with volute tails envelope the angel and the parted leaf and scrolls beneath the shell. There is another parted leaf near the top, beneath a scalloped shell. Although our Italian Renaissance style bellows could still be used as originally intended, there is a hole in the center of the back side handle, allowing it to serve as a unique wall mounted decorative accessory.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor wear and losses. Minimal traces of old wood worm. Slight buildup to wood and verdigris to spout, both commensurate to age and use.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

In The Style Of

Renaissance

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 23 1/4, W - 9 3/4, D - 3 3/4

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