Made from French terra cotta during the 1800’s, this octagonal pedestal is adorned with intricate floral and foliate elements. The wide platform pedestal has developed an attractive dark patina over the years, and the top surface measures 14 inches across. It will be ideal for supporting a statue or any piece of sculptural art.
The top of the pedestal has stepped molding embellished with curled leaves and fruited flower motifs, while another molding with a recessed groove runs along all eight sides. On four of the sides, large, curled leaves surmount the molding. Beneath each of these leaves is a large margent with a central floret surrounded by leaves curled into S-scrolls. Between the margents are rectangular panels adorned with a palmette. The pedestal base is festooned with water leaves that terminate into hanging fruit.
Pedestals can be used in a variety of ways throughout a home. They can serve as a focal point in the room, or fill a vacant corner. This antique French pedestal has a wonderful shape and patina, which will go well with nearly any style of art, from a carved limestone statue, to a modern sculpture, or even as a plinth for a large planter.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with minor rubs and losses throughout (as seen in photos).