Baroque Solomonic Columns
A Pair of Baroque Solomonic columns with olive branch decoration, 17th century...
Each with an curved and twisting shaft rising from a square molded plinth base and topped with a Corinthian capitol. The shafts are expressively carved with a climbing olive branch motif – intertwined branches with leaves and groupings of plump ripe olives. The columns are free-standing and carved in oak in full round, yet the ‘back sides’ display less carved detail. The bases are attached, the capitols are removable.
Belgian or Dutch (?), 17th century and later. These are most likely architectural elements - perhaps flanking elements to a large fireplace - from a richly decorated and paneled room.
In a very fine distressed state, given their age. Damages, losses, restorations, and signs of old (inactive) woodworm - all of which enhance these pieces greatly.
Brimming with character and hugely expressive. Rich, warm patina. Very lively carving in high relief. The olive decoration on these columns make them particularly unique – usually, Solomonic columns that include carved vegetation use a grape vine motif – an Olive branch decoration like the columns here is much rarer.
Height: 163 cm
Bases: approx. 28 cm W x 28 cm D