Produced by a master woodworker, this oak carving of two winged putti is from Provence, France. When this piece was hand-carved in the early 1700’s, the putti would have originally been gilded. The gold has worn over the centuries, giving the carving a parcel painted look.
Two winged putti heads are surrounded by stylized clouds. The attention to detail and the depth of the mid-relief faces attest to the ability of the carver. The artist had the skill and vision to feather the wings and texture the clouds. Also notice the curly hair of the putti, which seems to be flowing with the wind.
In antiquity, putti were used in artwork and architecture as physical manifestations of invisible essences which were thought to influence human’s decisions. These representations were not considered secular, as their visages were often frightening and perverse. It was not until the Renaissance that artists began depicting putti as innocent, winged angel-like creatures. By the 18th century, when our carving was crafted, putti were seen quite often in artwork.
There is a small hole in the back of the sculpture for easy hanging.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with minor age separations and loss to original gilding. The nose of the putti on the left has been worn down (long ago). Old reinforcements to the back of the carving. Please see photos.