CENTREPIECE WITH THE INFANCY OF BACCHUS
Sumptuous example of late-Nineteenth century eclecticism, this centrepiece consists of a neo-Baroque base, embellished by vegetal motifs and resting on scrolled feet. An asymmetric phytomorphic arm rises from this base, like a luxuriant palm tree, supporting the cup with a ruffled edge on top. Leafy elements project from the base of the container; they have originally held iron candlesticks with a square base. The precious piece is crowned by a sculpture group of classical inspiration, placed in the central part, featuring the young Bacchus crowned by vine leaves and grape clusters together with Semele, his mother. The god is riding a tiger; on the opposite side we find a young shepherd, or perhaps a satyr, wearing a lion skin.
France, second half of 19th century
height 70 cm