Originally a caryatid of a larger installation, this winged mythological figure was hand-carved in France during the 1800’s. Most likely a pilaster to a large case piece, the figure has been mounted to a more recent molded base that has been painted black.
The figure, which has the bust of a human woman, has a pair of addorsed wings that form an entablature with the crown of the head. Resembling a Greek or Roman harpy in appearance, the caryatid has a loose fitting tunic draped around the neck and covering the top section of a curled leaf. The leaf terminates on top of a volute scroll which originates beneath a pair of cloven feet. Tucked under the wings is a large floret center rinceau. Our mounted carving of a winged mythological figure can be displayed on a mantel or table, such as a console or side table.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor age separations and nicks. One of the feet and and the left side of the chest have been repaired with loss of wood. The base is more recent, as the carving was originally part of a larger installation based on hand-carved holes along the top.