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This pair of Capodimonte porcelain plaques were produced in Italy during the 19th Century.
The plaques are contained by elaborate frames. Each frame, octagonal in shape and formed from ebonised wood, is mounted to each of its eight edges with ormolu: classical masks and anthemia alternate, each one supported by a pierced scroll. The surface of the frame is inset with an encompassing ormolu band, which is tooled with geometrical motifs and mounted with mask like elements. Furthermore, the frames are inset with precious stone medallions: lapis lazuli and agate pendants complement the colours of the painted porcelain.
Each bas-relief plaque is skillfully painted in a painterly manner with a bright palette. The plaques probably depict the Rape of the Sabine Women, an event from pre-Republican Roman history and a suitable candidate for a subject for these Neapolitan antiques. Figures populate the scenes in great numbers and demonstrate great action: individuals take all postures and stances, which, given their partial nudity, grants the duo a distinct Classicism.
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