Capodimonte Gold Ceramic Statuette 'Scorpio’1867
Stunning ceramic statuine, part of the 'Signs of the Zodiac' collection, made in the early 20th century from Capodimonte ceramic painted in gold.
Capodimonte is a type of Italian porcelain first developed in the 18th century. It is known for its bright colours, intricate details and striking designs with flowers, animals or mythical figures. Its production requires incredible craftsmanship, as each piece must be hand-painted to create unique designs. For this reason, Capodimonte pieces are highly sought-after and valuable due to their rarity. Over the years, they have become a valuable part of many collections and are considered an important piece of Italian cultural history.
The base is spherical in shape, with a simply splendid gold surround. At the base of the feet is the zodiac sign represented by this statue: Scorpio.
One leg is slightly forward of the other, entirely wrapped in a golden robe.
The zodiac sign Scorpio is traditionally represented with a cup of grapes for several symbolic reasons. Firstly, the shape of the cup alludes to the classic symbolization of this sign - the scorpion with its curved tail and claws. Secondly, Scorpio's water element is often associated with feelings and emotions which are aptly symbolized by the grapes - a juicy, sweet fruit. Lastly, the deep purples of grapes match perfectly with Scorpio's passionate nature - making them an ideal visual representation for this intense sign.
The statue is splendid and is suitable for collectors.
Height: 22 cm (8.66 in.)
Width: 10 cm (3.93 in.)
Depth: 10 cm (3.93 in.)
The statue is in good and original vintage condition, slight scratches and light wear consistent with its time and use. Being a VINTAGE item it is possible that it will bear some scratches or defects.