This continental, hand-carved caryatid pedestal is likely from the early 1900’s and stands 3 feet tall. A caryatid is a sculpted element, depicting a female figure, that serves as an architectural support. Our pedestal depicts a woman from about mid-thigh up.
A round, flat entablature sits on top of the caryatid’s head. The sides taper inwards and are adorned with large cabochons. The woman’s left arm runs across her forehead, beneath the entablature. Her hand rests on the right side of her head, on top of shoulder-length hair. The caryatid is wearing a dress with one shoulder strap and her right hand is holding some of the fabric at her waist. The realistically carved clothing has bunches gathered around the waist and shoulder and neck lines, giving the viewer a sense of movement.
This caryatid was hand-carved out of pine wood. At some point, the wood was partially stripped, as remnants of paint and gesso can still be seen in some areas. Our 20th century caryatid can be displayed as a stand-alone statue. It can also be used as a pedestal for displaying pieces of art or plants.
Entablature of pedestal measures 9 7/8.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with age separations and minor buildup. Old repair to right arm.