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An elegant and rare set of figural Renaissance Revival andirons, chestnuts or firedogs. A depiction of Giambologna's Abduction of a Sabine Woman. Made from Bronze and finished in Gold. Features 3 outstretched figures above an ornate base of caryatids and cherubs centered by a lion crest. Log holder is made from iron.
Giambologna’s Abduction of a Sabine Woman is one of the most recognized works of sixteenth-century Italian art by one of the least well-known artists of the period. And while Giambologna may not be a household name like Michelangelo, his influence on late sixteenth- and early seventeenth- century European art was extensive and long lasting. The Abduction of a Sabine Woman is located at Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence.
The subject is a dramatic one from ancient Roman history. According to the accounts of both Livy and Plutarch, after the city of Rome was founded in 750 B.C.E., the male population of the city was in need of women to ensure both the success of the city and the propagation of Roman lineage. After failed negotiations with the neighboring town of Sabine for their women, the Roman men devised a scheme to abduct the Sabine women (which they did during a summer festival).
Good Condition, wear and distressing commensurate with age and use, scuffing, few past repairs, some missing fingers tips.
38"h x 19" x 32", 90lbs each