Antique Italian Carriage Axle, Sicily, Circa 1820

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$1,400.00

Antique Italian Carriage Axle, Sicily, Circa 1820

SKU: 622-13 Category: Tag:

$1,400.00

Description

In Italy, specifically the island of Sicily, many day-to-day activities were carried out with the aid of a horse- or donkey-drawn cart (horses were typically used in the city, while donkeys were preferred in the more rugged countryside). This interesting carved wood and wrought iron piece was originally the axle to a carrettu siciliano (Sicilian cart), most likely produced circa 1820.

Sicilian carts were often ornately decorated, including the animals pulling the cart and the undercarriages adorned with iron. Each province of Sicily had their own distinct style that incorporated regional lore and history into the designs. In the case of this axle, a sprawling transom of iron, known as a cascia di fusu, is attached to two grooved wooden flanges by large bolts and washers. The iron features four helmeted warrior busts (although one is missing) flanked by sinuous foliage rising from stylized vases, most likely placing the production of the cart in the province of Ragusa. A pair of round stub axles can be seen on the outside of the flanges, which are attached to the main wooden beam by iron brackets. The top of the beam, just beneath the iron transom, has been pierced with geometric carvings.

A unique and elaborately crafted item, this decorative Italian carriage axle will surely be a topic of conversation when presented on a console or center table. Another creative use, would be to be repurpose it as a table candelabra or even as a chandelier.

CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use, with minor wood losses and missing sections of the iron. Buildup to both wood and iron. The joineries are loose, but overall, in stable condition. Indentations to the front of the wood from use. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

Circa 1820

Dimensions

H - 13 5/8, W - 38 1/2, D - 12 1/8

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Description

In Italy, specifically the island of Sicily, many day-to-day activities were carried out with the aid of a horse- or donkey-drawn cart (horses were typically used in the city, while donkeys were preferred in the more rugged countryside). This interesting carved wood and wrought iron piece was originally the axle to a carrettu siciliano (Sicilian cart), most likely produced circa 1820.

Sicilian carts were often ornately decorated, including the animals pulling the cart and the undercarriages adorned with iron. Each province of Sicily had their own distinct style that incorporated regional lore and history into the designs. In the case of this axle, a sprawling transom of iron, known as a cascia di fusu, is attached to two grooved wooden flanges by large bolts and washers. The iron features four helmeted warrior busts (although one is missing) flanked by sinuous foliage rising from stylized vases, most likely placing the production of the cart in the province of Ragusa. A pair of round stub axles can be seen on the outside of the flanges, which are attached to the main wooden beam by iron brackets. The top of the beam, just beneath the iron transom, has been pierced with geometric carvings.

A unique and elaborately crafted item, this decorative Italian carriage axle will surely be a topic of conversation when presented on a console or center table. Another creative use, would be to be repurpose it as a table candelabra or even as a chandelier.

CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use, with minor wood losses and missing sections of the iron. Buildup to both wood and iron. The joineries are loose, but overall, in stable condition. Indentations to the front of the wood from use. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

Circa 1820

Dimensions

H - 13 5/8, W - 38 1/2, D - 12 1/8

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