A fabulous piece! This is a very old and weathered carving, showing a most interesting grain through the wood that adds texture and interest to the 3 figures. I'm not sure what type of wood this is - zebra wood, someone said, but I don't think that is correct. The panel is an old original from paneling in an Italian Villa, made over in the 1800s as a wall or bracket shelf for clock or figures. The older panel dates to 1700s or earlier. Our photos show how interesting this one is. Large at 16" wide, 12.5" high and 8" deep, it will be a wonderful accent to any room. I bought this one thinking of using it in a bathroom as a shelf for folded or rolled towels. You'll find the perfect place. This one can go with modern furnishings to antique, and seems very Tuscan in feel and style of carving.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. I don't find any serious chips. The old wood grain is a most interesting element on this item, and from the backside you can tell more about the type of wood (I do not know for certain what the wood is). Again, main carved panel dates 1700s or earlier, made into a shelf with another type of wood during the 1800s. No chips to speak of, perhaps a slightly blunted nose on one putto,. An age crack can be seen from backside. No wood worm damage. Old hardware.
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