This large polychrome and giltwood cherub was produced in Italy in the 1700’s. In religion, cherubim are angels of the second highest order that serve God. During the early Renaissance and Baroque periods, artists such as Donatello began to incorporate cherubim into works, depicting them as chubby male children. They can also be seen in many mythological works dating back to antiquity.
At nearly 33 inches high, our cherub is rather large, which indicates he may have been mounted high off the ground as part of an altar, pulpit, or niche in a Cathedral. His gilded sash runs from his right shoulder and across the chest to the left hip. The sash helps suspend the garment that is wrapped around the cherub’s waist. The fabric extends upwards around the back and drapes over the same shoulder as the sash. The clothing has been realistically depicted with folds and gathered fabric. The body and curly hair have a polychromatic scheme, allowing the rosy cheeks and ruby red lips to draw attention to the face, which is looking off in the distance. The right arm is raised, and the knees are bent, giving this sculpture energy and movement.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, wear commensurate to age and use with some old repairs and losses as seen in photos. Losses include one finger on each hand. Wire strung in the back for hanging purposes.