PAIR OF SCULPTURES IN CARRARA MARBLE "PUTTI WITH CORNUCOPIA".
Pair of sculptures in white Carrara marble, made in Italy at the end of the 19th century. These mythological statuettes represent two putti holding in their hands a cornucopia in the shape of a triton shell. Each putto, wrapped in a drape, stands in contrapposto. One of the two is wearing a ribbon ending in a bow.
The putti ("putto" in masculine) are figures of naked children, male, with generous forms, without wings (unlike the Amorino) and laughing. Inspired by Greek art and Ancient Rome.
In Greek mythology the horn of plenty is a symbol of wealth and fertility. One version evokes the horn of the goat Amalthea who suckled Zeus when he was still a child, producing nectar and lambroisie that make immortal.
In the splendors of Ovid the legend evolves, Amalthea the goat metamorphoses into a nymph. Rhea, mother of Zeus who entrusted her child to protect him from his father Cronos to whom it had been predicted that one of his children would depose him. She takes care of the young god by feeding him with the milk of a goat; but the goat breaking one of its two horns, "Amalthea picked it up and filled it with fresh grass, filled it with fruit, and presented it to the lips of Zeus. This is an emblem that is often found on divine figures such as Bacchus, Ceres, Cybele or Fortune.
It is possible to buy the pair of decorative saddles decorated with crystal vases.
Dimensions putti with ribbon: W: 24 cm x D: 21 cm x H: 68 cm
Dimensions putti without ribbon: W: 26 cm x D: 21 cm x H: 66 cm
Dimensions of base: 21 cm x 21 cm (8.3 in x 8.3 in)
Dimensions of tray: 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm (4.3 in x 4.3 in)
Overall dimensions: W: 24cm, D: 21cm, H: 68cm (W: 9,4in, D: 8,3in, H: 26,8in).
Condition report: In good condition.