Cast in France, circa 1880, this small putto on pedestal has developed a lovely patina from exposure to the elements. The winged putto is emerging from the top of a shell that sits on top of a circular plinth.
The rectangular pedestal beneath has been cast as one piece, with a square capital adorned with a repeating chevron pattern on the underside of the molding. All four sides of the column have the same motif of a husked wreath surrounding bundled fasces. A foliate rinceaux tops each wreath, with a second grouping of leaves beneath the circlet. Each side is flanked by thin molding that wraps around to the adjacent side. The thick base has several layers of molding, with a repeating foliate motif on the middle layer.
Some areas have lost their original paint, allowing oxidation to occur. This has given the French cast iron putto and pedestal a fantastic, weathered appearance. The statue itself is 16” H x 9” W x 10 ½” D and can be removed from the pedestal, giving you the option of placing it on a table. A wonderful accessory that can be used outdoors or inside.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including loss of paint resulting in oxidation. Buildup with traces of moss and lichen.