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Venetian Figural Torchères, 17th Century
- These incredible Venetian carved wood torchères date to the 17th century
- The figures are those of famed Italian merchant explorers Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci
- Given their subject, it is believed these torchères were made for a wealthy Venetian merchant
- Considering their age and size, the fact these torchères have survived is astonishing
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Displaying incredible attention to detail, the merchant explorers are rendered in exotic clothing inspired by their travels that forever changed the course of history. Retaining much of their original paint, a combination of gilt, polychrome and natural wood gives these imposing sculptures a dynamic and more life-like appearance. Known in Italy as androne torchère, these figures would have flanked the entrance hall stairwell making an unquestionably grand impression upon visitors.
Wooden sculptures of this immense quality and scale would be nearly impossible to survive in the condition of the present pair. The passage of nearly 400 years, combined with the regularity of floods throughout Venice’s history, make these figural torchères among the rarest works of Venetian art on the market today.
Early 17th century
114” high x 44” wide x 30” deep