GRAND ROCOCO MANTEL
This Louis XV Rococo piece is extraordinarily dimensional with crisp, precise detailing. Acanthus and tendril leaves flow serenely from the central cartouche on the frieze area, crowned with a heavy serpentine shelf. Typical shell motifs combine with bluebells, reeds, and acanthus to overlay the deep curvaceous pilaster profiling. The overmantel is crowned with a central ovum cartouche detail surrounded by acanthus and hanging swags. Absolutely grand in scale, this mantelpiece is well proportioned even at overall heights considerably greater than the twelve feet shown. A fine example of Tartaruga’s exceptional sculpting capabilities.
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