A pair of carved and blackened pine statuettes from an Italian piece of furniture possibly from Tyrol. The bases of the statuettes are made of fir wood while the statuettes are made of lime wood.
The pair of statuettes were placed on either side of the upper part of piece of furniture. Although the man and the woman are carved on two separate bases and therefore opposite each other, the movement of their heads indicates that they are looking at each other with tenderness and love.
The man is wearing a top hat, a jacket with an open collar and breeches. He is looking to the woman, the object of his lust. He is depicted standing still, leaning on a wooden trunk erected vertically.
The woman is depicted with her hair tied up in a low bun, wearing a long skirt, a shirt covered with a short lacy waistcoat and a knotted shawl falling down to her chest. With her right arm, she is holding a sheaf of wheat, an element symbolizing summer.
This pair of statuettes could belong to a group of four statuettes representing four seasons.
Period : late 18th century, early 19th century
Man’s height : 31 cm
Woman’s height : 30 cm
State of conservation : degradations
Man: both arms and a piece of a hat are missing
Woman: the left forearm is missing. The right forefoot is broken