• Christie's Interiors - Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 5686

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    9 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 388

    A PAIR OF ENGLISH PAINTED DEEP-RELIEF CARYATIDS

    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF ENGLISH PAINTED DEEP-RELIEF CARYATIDS
    LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Allegorical of Prudence and Temperance with paint and gilt decoration on later oval bases
    taller 32 in. (81 cm.) including base (2)


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    Prudence and Temperance are two of the four Cardinal Virtues, the others being Justice and Fortitude. Used in architectural features such as mantelpieces and panelling, the four Virtues were often incorporated in funerary sculpture. Prudence is represented by a hand-mirror and a serpent, and Temperance by two jugs in which she mixes wine and water. St Augustine described the virtues 'Temperance is love giving itself entirely to that which is loved; Prudence is love distinguishing with sagacity between what hinders it and what helps it'

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