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Fine Hand Carved Antique Caryatid Figural Shelf Support, Furniture Salvage Portrait Corbel, 22.25" Tall
FABulous hand carved figural caryatid shelf or bracket support, or architectural element. This one is 22.25" tall, big and heavy solid old forest growth oak. I suspect it's been salvaged from a massive piece of carved furniture, or the cabinetry of an old chateau. Full measurements are noted on the photos, as well as are the couple of imperfections (a couple of chips). The face and hair/beard on this one are masterful; the appeal immense. I love the old carved items. Such artistry and skill in the work. Imagine what it would cost to have this carved by hand today. The antiques are always a bargain! No one does work like this in our time, unless it is monstrously expensive. These are fab worked into the cabinetry of your own home, or as support for a shelf in a bathroom - truly enriches and customizes with little effort, the fine decor you're after. A real country French piece, to be sure.
Very good condition for age and type. This one does have a couple of chips and I've noted them on the photos for your inspection and review. For the most part, it's exquisite. The work of a skilled master carver. It might well be Gueret Freres, but it is not a signed piece. The quality is all in evidence, from carving to the heavy fine quality of the wood.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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