Antique Pair Venetian Gilded & Painted Blackamoor Pedestals Tables 19th C

Antique Pair Venetian Gilded & Painted Blackamoor Pedestals Tables 19th C

Antique Pair Venetian Gilded & Painted Blackamoor Pedestals Tables 19th C


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This is a beautiful antique pair of Venetian, polychrome painted and giltwood Blackamoor torcheres in the Rococo revival style, circa 1840 in date.
Each has a shaped marblised top with a gilt gadrooned edge, held aloft by a turbaned Nubian boy dressed in colourful heraldic garb holding a tazza and terminating in scrolled, rocaille and leaf clasped on outswept tripod legs.
It is a very beautiful pair and a wonderful example of Venetian art.

In excellent condition. As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the pair displays beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:

Height 95 x Width 40 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

lackamoor figures (Italian moretto, moretti) are depictions of dark-skinned Africans used in sculpture, jewelry, armorial designs and decorative art.
The blackamoor is typically male, depicted with a head covering, usually a turban, and covered in rich jewels and gold leaf. They are typically enamelled, carved from ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colors of the embellishments. Depictions may only represent the head, or head and shoulders, facing the viewer in a symmetrical pose.

In decorative sculpture the full body is depicted, either to hold trays as virtual servants or bronze sconces to hold candles or light fixtures. They may be incorporated into small stands, tables, or andirons. They are often portrayed in pairs. Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732) was the most important sculptor of blackamoors. Often these blackamoors are in acrobatic positions that would be impossible to hold for any extended length of time for a real person.

One of the finest examples of a blackamoor in the arts is the Mohr mit Smaragdstufe ("Moor with Emerald Cluster"), in the collection of the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, Germany. It was created by Balthasar Permoser in 1724. The statue is richly decorated with jewels and is 63.8 cm (2.09 ft) high.

Fred Wilson an African-American sculptor, displayed an installation at the 2003 Venice Biennale that incorporated blackamoors. Wilson placed wooden blackamoors carrying acetylene torches and fire extinguishers. Wilson noted that such figures are so common in Venice that few people notice them. He said, "They are in hotels everywhere in Venice...which is great, because all of a sudden you see them everywhere. I wanted it to be visible, this whole world which sort of just blew up for me.


W40.0 x H95.0 x D40.0 cm



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