Silenus Adored by Putti and Angels

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Silenus Adored by Putti and Angels

Artist/Maker: Fernand CIAN (Fernando Ciancianaino)

A magnificent and large terra cotta sculpture in the rococo style composed of a pyramid of putti and angels climbing a bust of Silenus and flowering him with roses

Signed with the initials FC

Fernando Ciancianaino, was an Italian sculptor born in Carrara, studied in Paris under Laporte-Blavisy (1867-1923) and exhibited at the Salon de la Societe des Artistes Francais, 1911-1928.  Active in France first quarter 20th century.

For its subject, drawn from pagan antiquity, composition, and for the skillful quality of the modeling, this sculpture recalls the work of Clodion (1738-1814).  In the early 20th century, families such as the Rothschilds, commissioned Cian to create larger, 18th century style sculptures such as this.  His work can be seen in European museum collections; other noteworthy examples in terra cotta and bronze can be seen in the town of Torbole Sul Garda, where he also lived; Church of the Madonna delle Vittorie, Piazza Alpini, public gardens




Didier Aaron, Paris

Condition: Restorations
Origin: France
Materials: terra cotta
Circa: 1st quarter 20th century
Height: 33 1/2 inches
Width: 17 3/4 inches
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