Offered by Galerie Sismann
European old master sculpture
This ornamental marble element follows the silhouette of a trapezium with cut sides marked in its center by a tondo. At its heart, the sculptor put an emblems, composed with a lion or a wolf drawn up against a turret. The reading of this emblems may formerly have been facilitated by a polychromy, as the economy of the relief, of great sobriety, tends to suggest here .
Symmetrically, on either side of this tondo, unfold two volutes taken up with a trephine, emerging from the same central fleur-de-lis.
This relief must once have formed the base of a niche, a frame or even a sculpted work in marble, in Italy, during the 15th century.