Maison & Co.'s Valentine's Cherubs

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February 6th, 2013 11:15pm

Our children have been studying Greek and Roman mythology.  In preparation for tests, we have learned a lot as well!  The last chapter highlighted Cupid's mischievous desire to shoot his arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting victims, resulting in the victim falling madly in love with the first person he saw.  Maison & Co. has a pair of mischievous Cupids of our own.  We know you will fall in love with their charming faces and beautiful patina.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, what a perfect opportunity to share a little information about these darling figures. 

One of Maison & Co.'s cherubs basking in the sun!

These angelic figures are often referred to as Putti figures.  The putto, plural putti, is a nude, chubby child figure, often with wings, frequently appearing in both mythological and religious paintings and sculpture, especially of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  The word Putti comes from Latin.  Often times putti figures, Italian in origin, are called cherubs.  However, according to art historian Juan Carlos Martinez, cherubs and putti had historically different roles. Cherubs represent sacred love, and the putti figures represent secular, non-religious love, as between two people.  That is, cherubs are angels, occupying the highest angelic orders in Heaven and are thus the closest to God.  On the other hand, putti figures arise from Greco-Roman classical mythos (i.e., non-Christian). Putti are associated with Cupid as well as with Erato, the muse of lyric and love poetry.  In either case, a putto's presence symbolizes love, whether divine or of a more earthly nature.  

Maison & Co.’s cherubs are 18th C. Italian and mounted on new iron bases.   The cherubs were once gilded.  They are now stripped of the gild and bole to reveal the natural wood and creamy white gesso.  They are so cute, you could just pinch them!  They would make a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s gift!

Maison & Co.'s 18th c. Italian cherubs.  We think this antique pair is perfect for a mantle or on a buffet.  How romantic!

 

We wish you all the love on Valentine's Day.  As always, we are Maison & Co.  Fresh.  Beautiful.  Timeless.