Important mirror-frame in gilded wood, 16th cent. Italy
22 000 €

Important mirror-frame in gilded wood and carved with puttis, birds and fruits. 1t6h century Italy.

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Spectacular frame in carved, lacquered and gilded wood, Italy, 16th century Renaissance period. Rare and beautiful decoration carved in half-bump, the uprights decorated with puttis presenting pomegranates, under a capital with a bilobed cartouche, the base in half-columns extended in winding and joining on an escutcheon bearing old traces of the coat of arms , the high crosspiece surmounted by an angel against a background of moldings and capitals, supported at the 4 angles by birds bearing fruit and grapes. the frame was subsequently furnished with a mirror. Our opinion: its almost square dimensions give it an astonishing modernity, it can beautifully find its place in a very contemporary decor.

Symbolic of the pomegranate: also nicknamed "fruit of the tree of knowledge", we see the pomegranate appear between the 2nd and 1st millennium BC, during the division of the Aryan ethnic groups which will form Persia and the 'India It is a universal symbolic fruit, since time immemorial a symbol of life and fertility, but also of power, blood, death and sexuality By the abundance of its seeds, well protected under its thick bark, growing in an environment where survival is difficult, it is a symbol of fertility and the infinite renewal of life, so in China it represents prosperity and abundance, for the Arabs wealth and fertility. For the Hebrews, it is a symbol of the unity of the people, the grains being pressed together. Its flowers, by their blood red color, are a symbol of burning love, in Persian gallant poetry, the pomegranate evokes the breast In Christian symbolism, the pomegranate represents the church as ecclesia, that is, as a community of believers and is also the symbol of the priesthood because it bears rich fruit in its hard skin (metaphor of the spiritual elevation in asceticism). Because of this symbolism, the pomegranate is represented in many paintings of the Middle Ages. This is how on the painting, Madonna Stuppacher by Matthias Grünewald 1517/1519, the infant Jesus plays with a pomegranate that his mother hands him. The fruit gives the key to the sentence associated with this table according to which Mary is the mother of the Church. In the Catholic Church the pomegranate quickly became the symbol of Jesus. On the other hand, the pomegranate is among many peoples a symbol of love, fertility and immortality. In Freemasonry, the pomegranate is also used symbolically. Usually one or more pomegranates are represented at the top of the two columns which adorn the entrance to the Masonic temple. By its hard crust and its tight grains, it symbolizes masonry, by the cohesion of its members within a homogeneous body. (sources: Wiki / Samani expert)

Delivery in France, by specialized transporter, at the foot of the building and by appointment : 185 euros. Please consult us for European and World tariffs.

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