4 terracotta garden statues of putti representing the 4 seasons, in the style of Augustin Pajou (1730-1809); French, circa 1870
Dimensions: between 95 cm and 110 cm high
Condition: good condition, some minor repairs
Price: PRICE ON DEMAND
Representing little boys in art dates from both classical and Christian traditions.The Romans depicted Cupid, the god of love, as a chubby and roguish young child that caused confusion (and sometimes chaos) with its love arrows.In Christian tradition cherubs, traditionally represented as angels, are the second-class angels inferior to the seraphs (angels of the first class).During the Renaissance sculptors, such as Donatella, often used putti - originally a term of abuse for a little boy derived from the Latin word puer- in their religious sculptures.In the 18th century the Rococo abundantly represented with regard to ecclesiastical architecture putti that are gathering together in pink and white marble and plaster.Putti have been the most desirable themes of garden sculpture for a long time.They symbolise a perfect mixture of innocence and naughtiness and in practical terms they are most of the time small enough to put on a terrace or even inside the house.