This large pair of caryatids is of Viennese origin, dating to the late 19th century. The winged, female creatures are bare-bosomed and show classic facial features of idealized beauty. Leaves and floral garlands round off the elegant look. The tops of the heads are flattened which is typical for this type of objects as caryatids were used as figural supports for either large pieces of furniture or architectonic elements.
A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support, taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head. The earliest know examples date back to the 6th century BC, yet incorporating caryatids to interiors, furniture, fireplaces and other areas in- and outside the house has a long-standing tradition since the Renaissance era until around 1900.
Dimensions: height is 58 cm, maximum depth is 34 cm – each
Condition: good condition with some abrasions to gold lacquer and few smaller stress cracks to metal material
Provenance: Austrian private collection