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Large Italian Merman Putti Frieze c.1740
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Large Italian Merman Putti Frieze c.1740

An incredible water-gilded, gesso and polychrome Italian Merman Putti wall frieze c.1740
Exquisitely carved, detailed and vibrantly gilded.
This beautiful frieze would have been part of the altar or internal decoration of a Palazzo or Church.
With ornate carved supports flowing from his skirt and tail would have be adorned by illuminating candles.
The Merman is featured in a grasping pose that would possibly have held a small heraldic processional flag illustrating the hierarchy and identifying the member of nobility that originally commissioned the piece.

Width152cm (5′)
Height84cm (2′9″)
Depth15cm (6″)
Reference No.9NTRD

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