Silvered 19th Century, Compote Centerpiece holding a stylized shell and standing on a detailed shell framed by Griffins terminated on ball feet. H:42" W:23" D:12" the Centerpiece is an image of a figure derived from personifications of love, or Eros figures, in Greek and Roman art, putti came to be used to portray a cherub in Italian paintings of the 15th century, especially those of the Madonna and Child. With the revival of classical mythological subjects in the late 15th century, Cupid was commonly represented as a putto, and numbers of anonymous putti were frequently depicted in attendance on various immortals. We see Eros today as the symbol of love on Valentines day, and other sweetheart moments. Many of the portraiture of Aphrodite is recognizes by the image of Eros by her side, such as Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. Cupid has long played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. He is known as a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows who would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother Venus Aphrodite is known as the Greek Goddess (Roman Venus) of love, desire, beauty, fertility, the sea, and vegetation. There are many other tales of Aphrodite, as her Roman name is Venus, she is also known as the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Cupid is known as the God of Love and is probably the most recognizable symbol associated with Valentine's Day, along with the heart. He is viewed as a mischievous, winged child armed with bows and arrows. The arrows represent signs and feelings of love, aimed at everyone. It is with this silvered Centerpiece, romantic in nature and a perfect gift for your loved one. Lifestyle Antiques & Interiors offers the finest high-end Antiques, Decorative Arts, and Home Furnishings on the South Coast. We feature a rich collection from Europe, specializing in Italian Furniture, French and Spanish. The elegant collection varies from antique and Murano lamps, decorative pillows, Chandeliers, Mirrors and a fine selection of home furnishings. Just 3 minutes south of Santa Barbara. For your convenience you may shop on line: www.lifestyleantiques.com .
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