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A pair of Italian polychrome lacquered and ebonised blackamoors, Venetian
18th century
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A pair of Italian polychrome lacquered and ebonised blackamoors, Venetian
18th century
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A pair of Italian polychrome lacquered and ebonised blackamoors, Venetian
18th century
each with a standing figure wearing a laurel wreath on their heads, dressed in a tunic and floral decorated skirt and drapery on a stepped faux marble plinth; some re-touching to the decoration
each 163cm high; 5ft.4in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
G. Morazzoni, Il Mobile Veneziano del'700, Milan, 1958, Tav CCXVI illustrates a pair of Venetian blackamoors and see Tav. CCXVII.

The taste for blackamoor figures gained popularity in Venice in the 18th century and were traditionally sculpted in pairs. The lifelike pose of the present pair, they obviously formerly carried something, and the detail of their features and the superb carving of  their skirts conveys the luxury and exoticism of the Venetian baroque. 

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