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RARE 1700s Hand Carved Plaque, Figural with 2 Griffens and a Caryatid Figure
I've bought lots of these over the years, and most of them not nearly as old as this one. We're certain it is 1700s or earlier, and was a plaque set into the opulent carved wall paneling of a fine European home or chateau. You'll probably want to frame this one and hang it as the fine art sculpture it is. Museum quality. You'll surely come up with great decorator ideas of your own.
Heavy old forest growth wood, 10.25" x 9.25" x and has a carving depth of about 2" in deep bas relief: a pair of griffen/gryphons flank a central figure that is a caryatid like form of a woman, all surrounded in a neo-renaissance setting.
This one is a stunning old 17th to 18th century French carved neo-Classical or Renaissance revival plaque in ready-to-hang self frame. Photos tell all. If there's a chip, I haven't yet located it so look closely. You can see slight split at a construction wood seam, but it is not a break. Fabulous for a wall ornament in a Country French kitchen or den. Actually, it would even look great in any setting where fine architectural salvage pieces might add to the warmth and aesthetic, even modern. This panel dates 19th century, c. 1830-80s.
Very good to excellent condition, I see no chips at all, no cracks. The carving on this plaque is truly magnificent! And very old, indeed. Just in from France.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
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