FLEMISH SCHOOL, C. 1600

 

Candle-bearing Angels (a pair)

 

Each, oil on shaped panel,
11 ¼ x 9 ½ x 4 ⅝ in (28.6 x 24.1 x 11.7 cm) with base

 

Provenance:   

Dr. Paul and Hilde Freud, Vienna and New York (ca. 1930-2003)
Private Collection, New York (2003-2018)

 

These charming figures of kneeling angels are a rare example of a type of illusionistic decorative object that became popular in North Europe in seventeenth-century.  Cut-out silhouette figures on wood panel would be painted with both religious and secular themes.  A majestic example of the former is the large figure of an Angel by Rubens, now in the Flint Institute of Arts.  Smaller works, including portraits and depictions of maids, dogs, and cats, were used as domestic decorations and “dummy boards.”