MONUMENTAL VENETIAN BAROQUE:
A superb highly ornate carved Walnut Chimneypiece. The architectural pediment, surmounted by a pair of reclining putti above a tympanum centred by a carved panel depicting Vulcans Forge, is flanked by figures of the twins Castor and Pollux known as the Dioskouri and the whole is supported on the shoulders of two massive carved figures of Atlas.The carving is typical of the nineteenth century Italian school, beautiful and seemingly effortless.
Italian circa 1870.
This piece was removed from a North American mansion together with
an associated sideboard SNo13592, see last image. Both were almost
certainly carved by Italian craftsmen and probably commissioned in
the late 19th century.
Notes: Vulcan was the Roman God of fire & volcanoes, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture. In Greek mythology he was known as Hephaestus.
He was the son of Juno and Jupiter and because he was born lame legend says that his mother being so displeased at the sight of him flung him out of heaven. He was, though, married to and deeply loved by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
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