This fabulous folk art hand painted wooden panel appears to be a whimsical architectural piece used in an amusement park in the 1800s or early 1900s, perhaps on a carousel. It features decorative hearts and teardrop shape cutouts. Elevated rays radiate out from the carved central applied medallion, widening as they reach the sides. The ornamental openwork or fretwork details are fabulous, with deep incised carving around them.
The central medallion appears to either have been replaced, or perhaps just repainted, but is beautifully carved and looks great. The painted surfaces show appropriate wear, but no loose or flaking paint. Original colors are the much sought after early blue, plus green, white, yellow and red. Panel is in sound condition, with wear commensurate with its age.
This fabulous piece of folk art could be displayed mounted on the wall as a work of art, either vertically or horizontally, or inserted into an opening with light shining through. Measurements are 18 inches by 33 1/2 inches and is 7/8 inch thick.
Certain to be a focal point no matter where it is displayed!