A wonderful framed art medallion (bronze finish over chalk casting) of an unknown subject, a woman with an interesting beaker behind her out of which a snake is escaping. I'm not sure what the story is behind this one but we just love it! The frame is Louis Philippe era, roughly 1830, so this is an old one. original backing in place thought a bit tattered. We have not removed it to see if there is an artist signature on backside. Frame is ebonized wood, or wood with an ebony treatment so it is black. The ormolu still retains a lot of the original high gilt so it must be in the alloy. Hanging loop remains intact, ready to hang. Wonderful along with medal collection or portrait miniatures.
Very good to excellent for age and type, there is only the patina (look of bronze) of centuries and no damage to speak of. A slight rub of the blackened wood at a raised point between 5-6 o'clock position, and a bit of rub to the nose and chin of the figure in the bronze finished chalk casting that sure does look like bronze but is not. A superb item!
NOTE: CS Antiques: This item belongs to my grandson, Connor, who has turned 10 and now has begun his own little business in antiques. He's thrilled to offer you this item, and thrilled to look forward to his upcoming 'buying' trip to France and Italy later in the year. We hope you'll enjoy his 'picks'. He's so excited to see if he'll make a little profit in his first business venture. And 'Gram' is thrilled to have three 10-year olds to share this interest with, too.
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