This is a marble sculpture depicting two children titled De handel en de scheepvaart (eng. Trade and Shipping) by Gilles-Lambert Godecharle and dated 1784. Trade and Shipping is allegorically represented by two children, one wears a winged hat and carries a caduceus (known as a herald's staff, carried by Hermes in Greek mythology made up of two serpents- read more here) which easily identifies it as god Mercury (or Hermes); the other unknown child sits upon a hay bale.
Gilles-Lambert Godecharle (2 December 1750 in Brussels − 24 February 1835 in Brussels) was a Belgian sculptor, a pupil of Laurent Delvaux, "the only sculptor of international repute in Delvaux's retinue", who became one of two outstanding representatives of Neoclassicism in the Austrian Netherlands.
In response to his early promise, empress Maria Theresa awarded him a stipend that enabled him to travel for his studies, first to Paris, then to Rome. He received official commissions under Napoleon and under William I of the Netherlands.
His pediment sculptures for the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate of the Austrian Netherlands, now the Belgian Federal Parliament, Brussels, (1781–82) are his most prominent public commission, represented today by a careful copy following his models conserved at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels but by far the greatest part of his output was in portrait busts.
His son Napoleon Godecharle bequeathed an important part of the family fortune to the City of Brussels, to establish the Prix Godecharle for painters, sculptors and architects.
This object is part of "Scan The World". Scan the World is a non-profit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, through which we are creating a digital archive of fully 3D printable sculptures, artworks and landmarks from across the globe for the public to access for free. Scan the World is an open source, community effort, if you have interesting items around you and would like to contribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.