An interesting large bracket shelf, this one is a 19th century "salvage" of 1600s hand carved wood putti face and wings, mounted on a much later oak shelf made for it. The putti's head is open at the mouth, might either have had a fountain spigot or a golden trumpet in its original placement, which would have been in a grand old church or chateau. The older wood has many old and defunct worm holes and has had some professional restoration, likely at the time it was made over into a bracket shelf. The old hardware tells us that was 1800s, so even the salvage restoration is antique. Large, the face is life-size for a toddler. The wings span 18". Probably an Italian carving in its origin, as Renaissance and earlier putti were often shown with just head and wings like this one. It might well be 1500s, but we'll be safe and put it 1600s. No active infestation. A museum piece for certain, and bespoke, one of a kind treasure.
Very good to excellent for age and type, our photos show it well, I think. A remarkable way to salvage and show off such old pieces. You might want this one for the Christmas Season, show off your Holiday decorations on top. Then other fine items all year round. The shelf is 18" x 11.75" x 7.75" overall, with shelf top 12" x 7.75", 19th century part is oak. Not sure about the putti.
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