Early 19th Century Set of Four Trompe-L’Oeil Oil Paintings on Marble with Putti For Sale
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Early 19th Century Set of Four Trompe-L’Oeil Oil Paintings on Marble with Putti


An early 19th century set of four trompe-l’œil oil overdoor paintings on marble representing allegories of the Arts by Flemish artist Piat-Joseph Sauvage (1744-1818). Painted on marble, each composition depicts two putti, painted to imitate a bronze relief sculpture with green patina, on either side of a grisaille medallion with a different central motif on a turquoise ground. Pastoral Music is symbolized by bagpipes and a shepherd's crook, while Serious Music is symbolized by a violin, Pan pipes, and trumpets. The Arts are represented by an artist's palette, a sculpture bust and a compass, and Sciences by an open book, a globe and a telescope. The Serious Music panel is signed on the lower right by the artist, Piat-Joseph Sauvage, specialized in decorative and illusionistic painting, who decorated the palace of Versailles among other royal residences. This set of four trompe-l’œil oil overdoor paintings on marble, with their antiquity-inspired theme and masterful handling of illusionistic effects, would be a coveted addition to any traditional home. Each measures 23-5/8 x 39-3/8.


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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition Details
    Age appropriate wear. Please look at the various photos available
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 23.5 in. x W 39.5 in. x D 2 in.H 59.69 cm x W 100.33 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
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