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The Renaissance period saw some of the finest and most intricate creations of objets d'art, which were very often commissioned as very expensive, precious gifts, known as 'joyeaux', by important members of the European courts. This jardiniere successfully recreates the splendour and the detail that was paramount to this historic tradition.
The jardiniere, which could be used as a planter for flowers, is silver plated all over and crafted in rectangular form as a half-barrel with engraved fluting designs to the underside of the curved basin. The long sides are each mounted with two caryatids of winged angels to the ends, which evolve into beaded supports curving along the body of the jardiniere. The caryatids hold floral swags that are joined in bows to the centre, above the heads of delicate cherub masks. The cherub masks are set upon shields, which are intricately embossed with leaves and silver droplets.
The jardiniere is held aloft on four paw feet which extend from the caryatids, and a central tooled stretcher with pine cone finials at each end. The jardiniere is further mounted with intricately scrolling twin handles to either end, which are decorated with foliate motifs and set above rams head masks with leafy swags held in their mouths. There is a stamped mark on the piece which reads 'GJL'.
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