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Framed Vintage Trent Tile Panel Putti on a Ribbon by Isaac Broome

$ 498.00
This vintage tile panel is part of an old fireplace surround. Designed by Isaac Broome at the Trent Tile Company of Trenton New Jersey in the 1800's it shows in relief putti flying through the air holding on to a ribbon amongst the clouds. Each tile measures 6" square and 1/2" thick and is molded in relief giving the image movement and dimension. It is covered in a deep mauve translucent majolica glaze. The four tiles are held in a simple wooden frame. The back is covered wood, the oxidation and patina showing its age. The tiles are in excellent condition with minimal flaws. The 1 1/2" wood frame shows wear consistent with its age. The overall measurements are 26 3/4" tall and 8 1/2" wide. Perfect to hang in those awkward spaces on a wall next to a window or door. What a great gift for a someone having twins

Sometimes winged, but always chubby, depictions of putti have decorated paintings, objects and architecture since antiquity. During the Renaissance, putti personified human spirit and emotion, while later in the Baroque period these naked male babies came to represent the omnipresence of God and were often used in context with angels. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularization of romantic images turned putti into a popular emblem of love. However, putti are neither cupids nor angels; they are secular figures, which allows them to get into quite a bit of mischief. Here we take a look at the seemingly incongruous and inappropriate activities for their age group – these putti can be found getting drunk, brawling and engaging in erotic behavior. —Alessandra Merrill

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