Pair of neoclassical sculptures in gilded wood with brunette woman holding basket, Genoa, late 18th century
These particular and rare sculptures, made in the Genoese area towards the end of the eighteenth century, are representative of the taste widespread at the time, lover of classical antiquities. Made of carved and gilded wood, they depict a woman with African features in classical clothing that holds on her head, with her two arms raised, a large basket, filled with fruit and with acanthus leaf base. The woman rests on a circular base with volute decorations and phytomorphic elements that rests in tripod with lion legs.
The model recalls the caryatids of classical antiquity where female figures dressed with a very covered peplos supported, such as columns, the trabeation of the temples. The sculpted peplo of these works has a nice movement that makes the figure graceful and well proportioned, in balance with the posture of the arms and the sumptuous composition that holds on the head.
The sculptures, not common and of good workmanship, have a beautiful gilding on red bolus. Very decorative and pleasant in any environment, they have dimensions that allow you to expose them resting on the ground and the tripod of the base is particularly suitable to place them even near corners. They are beautiful combined with modern furnishings, restoring brightness and preciousness in a studio or a lounge, but also an entrance hall, a bedroom or a bathroom.