Chandelier with tomatoes
Gennaro di Fiore represents the fertility of the Campania region in a chandelier
- Category: furnishings
- Type: chandelier
- Artist: Gennaro di Fiore (sculptor), Antonio serio (bronzes)
- Year: 1780
- Origin: Naples
- Material: wood, copper, bronze
- Technique: sculpture, casting, chiselling, gilding, painting
- Style: rococò
- Dimensions HxWxD: 105x97x97
Located into: Private Apartments, Queen’s Workroom
Despite the year of execution brings us to the years when the Neapolitan neoclassicism was already at the top, this chandelier is still typically rococo. It was made by the carver and decorator Gennaro di Fiore and by the bronze artist Antonio Serio. Gennaro di Fiore, a member of a craftsman’s dynasty, supplied many metallic objects to the court, while Domenico di Fiore made various “copper-plated” seals designed for Ferdinand IV tables.
The smelter was the roman Giacomo Ceci, who worked for the court since Charles of Bourbon, and executor of works and bronze finish exceptional quality as those in the Royal Chapel of Portici, the statue of the Immaculate and large chandeliers, the latter designed by Luigi Vanvitelli behind the direct request of Queen Maria Amalia.
Chandelier with twelve candles and white-painted wood structure, with copper and gold-plated brass appliqués. Decorated with female masks with a twist of branches and leaves and tomatoes, alluding to the fertility of Campania, the ancient Campania Felix. The end bow, damaged during the Revolution of 1799, was redone at the exhibition “Civilization of the ‘700 in Naples” in 1979.