A unique and extremely decorative antique pair of Italian carved wood and polychrome painted Venetian Blackamoor candelabra, C1880 in date.
The male and female figures are richly carved, detailed, and dressed in highly decorative polychromed Turkish costumes.
Each is holding aloft a pierced barleytwist carved cornucopia that supports a four branch gilt metal candelabra, ready to be fitted with large candles.
Each Blackamoor is standing on simulated rock raised on a gilded and fluted pedestal with bar feet.
This gorgeous pair will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home and are sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever they are placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 184 x Width 55 x Depth 45
Dimensions in inches:
Height 72.4 x Width 21.7 x Depth 17.7
Blackamoor figures (Italian moretto, moretti) are depictions of black Africans used in sculpture, jewelry, armorial designs and decorative art.
The blackamoor is typically male, depicted with a head covering, usually a turban, and covered in rich jewels and gold leaf. They are typically enamelled, carved from ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colors of the embellishments. Depictions may only represent the head, or head and shoulders, facing the viewer in a symmetrical pose.
In decorative sculpture the full body is depicted, either to hold trays as virtual servants or bronze sconces to hold candles or light fixtures. They may be incorporated into small stands, tables, orandirons. They are often portrayed in pairs. Andrea Brustolon (1662–1732) was the most important sculptor of blackamoors.
Our reference: 09038