Beautiful pair of angels in carved, lacquered and gilded linden wood.
Dressed in a simple veil, they come to stop their flights and land on the altar of the church.
One of them is in deep contemplation, his gaze fixed on the ground.
The second in the air is ecstatic as if he had just seen the virgin in the choir of the church.
White lacquer in imitation of Carrara marble and gilding for the wings.
Good state of conservation, the wings redorées.
Workshop of Jacques Bernus, Comtat Venaissin around 1700.
Height: 68 and 69 cm
Our opinion :
Our pair of angels is typical of the productions of the workshop of Jacques Bernus during the Louis XIV period.
In charge of designing the carved decorations of the majority of the religious buildings of Comtat Venaissin, he is inspired by the works of Bernini in Rome.
The inventory of his production drawn up by the abbot Henri Requin (1858-1912) then stationed in Carpentras abounds with pairs of worshiping angels.
Destined to rest on each side of the altar, it always adopts the same canons, the effect of "landing" for the angels who just seem to come to rest, the recollection for the one and the ecstasy for the other.
Unfortunately the majority of the churches of the Comtat then pontifical state were looted or burnt to the revolution.
Jacques Bernus (Mazan 1650 -1728) is a Provencal sculptor.
Very young Bernus is sent by his father to Toulon then great center of the sculpture, in particular because of the presence of the arsenal.
He makes his weapons alongside the great masters of Provencal sculpture Pierre Puget and Michel Péru.
Very talented, he refused to go to work in Rome and returned to his hometown of Mazan at the bedside of his father who became disabled following an accident.
He will stay there all his life.
A major event will open the door to success.
In 1691, he met Bishop Laurent Buty freshly named Bishop of Carpentras by Pope Alexander VIII.
This prelate, a great lord, descended from a patrician family of Rome, has a pronounced taste for the arts and magnificence.
He wants to make his cathedral a true sanctuary, his model: Saint Peter of Rome and the Italian artist Bernini says Bernini.
He commanded Bernus in 1700 a glory of more than four meters and a pair of worshiping angels.
The two angels must face each other on the hotel, one in deep recollection, the other who has just seen the appearance of the virgin in the heart of the cathedral must express ecstasy.
This last posture is inspired by one of Bernini's greatest masterpieces: the ecstasy of Saint Therese.
Bernus will make a perfect copy, it is still in place in Carpentras Cathedral.
From then on he will be in charge of all the major decorations of the Comtadines churches and will receive prestigious orders.