A RARE, PERIOD VENETIAN RENAISSANCE CHIMNEYPIECE richly carved in Istrian stone. The carved detail on the frieze centered by a 'stemma nobilare' or family crest as yet not identified, flanked by a profusion of sharply defined scrolled foliage, urns of fruit and winged birds symbolising Peace and Abundance. The upper part sits on two typical scrolled Venetian capitals and the supporting jambs are carved with flaming urns over ears of wheat on their leaved stalks in tall planters below.
Italian 16th to 17th century. Photo before restoration.
COMMENTS : Renaissance Venice, The Lion City, The Floating Republic, imperial Venice where commerce ruled, which challenged the Pope and Islam but absorbed qualities from both. The city of Titian and Palladio.
Link to: Antique Renaissance, Gothic Tudor Fireplace mantels and Chimneypieces: 1260 - 1600