"Pair Of Allegorical Bronze Figures, French Regency Period"Superb pair of decorative bronzes representing children or putti as allegories of Arts and War. While the dimension of the pair is close to decorative bronzes such as andirons, the treatment both in modeling and chasing makes them sculptures in their own right.
The first putto, wearing a helmet reminiscent of Italian theatrical costumes, is perched on a globe. At his feet, some instruments including a violin and a bagpipe.
The second, sitting on an armor chest all'antica, is surrounded by weapons, sword, shield decorated with a face of Medusa, and holds in his hand what appears to be a small globe and a branch. His helmet is adorned with the laurels of victory.
These figures take us back to the art of Jan Claudius de Cock (1667 - 1735) known for his allegorical groups of children. The casts are French, circa 1720. The little figure of the Arts is found on high quality firedogs of the Regency times, one in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, associated with another figure.
Very good condition. The original bases are missing.
Height: 22 cm and 24 cm