A Pair of 20thC Plaster Wall Hanging Classical Caryatids

Origin: English
Period: Early/Mid 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1940-60
Height: 21.5”
Width: 4.5”
Depth: 3”  (all at maximum)

The very decorative pair of opposing figural pilasters being a male and female and each being flat backed and being semi-clad, the plaster set over metal armatures and after the high Georgian examples, surviving from the middle period of the twentieth century.

The overall condition of the pilasters sound with hooks for mounting, there are two obvious losses as per the photographs.

In the eighteenth century, the architects returned to the Inigo Jones classic type, but influenced by the French work of Louis XIV. and XV. Figure sculpture, generally represented by graceful figures on each side, which assisted to carry the shelf, was introduced, and the over-mantel developed into an elaborate frame for the family portrait over the chimneypiece. Towards the close of the eighteenth century the designs of the Adam Brothers superseded all others, and a century later they came again into fashion.
Attractive decorative elements and bang for your bucks.