PAIR OF ANDIRONS
More appropriately fireplace sculptures, as they are made without the iron supports usually placed in the back, these two andirons are a typical example of the eclectic and citationist taste of the nineteenth century. There are indeed evident references to the late Mannerism art, both in the base, consisting of fantastical creatures, cherubs and mascarons, and in the sculptures in the round that crown the artifact. These sculptures represent a Bacchus and a dancing meanad, with clear references to the classical inspired late Renaissance sculpture.
The Florentine provenance is confirmed by the Medici coat of arms, around which the rich decoration starts.
Florence, nineteenth century
height around 110 cm