Simply GORGEOUS Antique Victorian HAND CARVED Meerschaum Plaque! Great Romantic COURTSHIP Scene, with Lovely Young Woman, and Her Lover. Piece is Titled and SIGNED by the Master Carver who made it (see pics). This is the BEST Meerschaum Plaque I have seen in perhaps 30 years! Most of the Meerschaum Carvings are PIPES, a small amount is made into PLAQUES. Most of those Plaques show CHRIST, SAINTS, or the VIRGIN MARY. Only a VERY RARE Few show Scenes such as this. The SIZE of this piece, is also IMPRESSIVE, as most of the Plaques are quite small. The Carving is EXQUISITE! Size: 4 and 3/4 inches across. Height (thickness) is 1 1/10 inches. Condition: Very Nice overall, with normal age wear to the highest points.A few chips on edge. The Head of the Lady has a seam. That is NOT A REPAIR. It was done that way when this piece was Carved, to add additional height to the piece (greater 3D Effect).From around 1870.Much nicer in person.Maybe a Grand Tour piece.
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