The chandeliers are made of carved and lacquered wood in bronze imitation with gilded pastiglia decorations. They are composed of a body shaped like an amphora on which there are some figures, one different from the other, in classical style, referring to the painting of Ancient Greece that decorated craters, pottery, amphorae and other ceramic objects. The choice to make the reliefs in gilded pastiglia and dark lacquer suggests the intent to evoke the Greek paintings with red figures. The red figure pottery appeared in Athens in 530 BC: a new technique that consisted in an inversion with that of the black figures. It foresaw that the bottom of the vase was painted black, while the saved figures had the reddish color of the terracotta and the details were painted and no longer engraved. The greater fluidity of the line compared to the engraving allowed an improvement of the design, especially as regards the details of the clothes and the anatomical details of the figures; the glimpse and the view of three quarters appeared.
From the central body of the chandeliers depart three golden arms culminating from a candle door. The arms are accorded to the amphora by a gilded pastiglia decorative element in the form of a mask, a masculine head with curls and a long beard. Two large stripes and reserves in gilded pastiglia with geometric and palmette motifs run around the base and the upper part of the amphora.
Above the central cover there is a lamp-shaped element. This is decorated with a reserve in gilded pastiglia and has on the vertex a golden flame evocative of the light itself that the lit lamp emanates. A curved, winding handle in the shape of a snake links the amphora to the skylight. The chandelier ends, below the central body, with a decorative element in gilded wood that helps lighten and slender vertically the composition. From the body of the amphora are inserted three golden metal chains useful to support the chandeliers to the ceiling.
This particular pair of chandeliers is hardly found in the antiques market. It is certainly born to be in pairs as can be seen from the specular lights. This feature, together with the refined decorative choice of details, make these items quite rare in their genre.
These neoclassical objects was made in the last quarter of the 18th century in Sicily, designed for important halls of prestigious residences and nobles. Due to their very small size and their particular decorative presence, they can be a prominent element among your furnishings. They are in fact easily placed in any room, from the living room to the corridor, in a study or in the bathroom, conferring particular Italian characteristics unusual and valuable.
22 000 €
Price : on request