Extremely Fine Pair of Early 19th Century Neoclassical Bronze Furniture Mounts
An Extremely Fine Pair of Early 19th Century Neoclassical Bronze Furniture Mounts, France Circa 1800
An extremely fine & highly decorative pair of early 19th century Neoclassical patinated bronze figural furniture mounts, both depicting mythological maidens clutching fruiting sheaves - one cast in the form of a Fauness in the manner of Clodion, the other cast in the form of a Melusine (mermaid) showing a partially scaled body with entwined twin fish tails, both finely proportioned with chiseled features and exhibiting a very fine, old untouched patina overall. No apparent maker or foundry marks. Although their original application would have been purely ornamental in enhancing the corners of a piece of formal case furniture, they now stand alone as a very beautiful & fine pair of highly decorative sculptural elements. Properly mounted these would serve as a fine pair of bookends or wall appliques.
The measurements referenced reflect their position as illustrated on acrylic stands (for display only), the Fauness measures 7.75" high x 4.25 wide x 3.75" deep, the Melusine measures 7.25" high x 3.25" wide x 3.38" deep.