With amazing detail and superb quality in the carving, this near-life-sized display of a pheasant and a game hen carved in wood, it's always a wonder to me the skill of those 19th century artisans - true artists of the Animalier movement working in wood. The plaque shown here is large and impressive when hung. A single, it's simplicity and elegance makes it a favorite for a French Country kitchen or a hunter's lodge or gentleman's office or den. We have a pair of beautifully carved wall shelf, bracket shelves, that would be fabulous flanking this plaque and displaying either decorative plates or additional carvings on any larger wall where you might be thinking of hanging a pair of plaques. Those are sold separately, and if you don't see them in our shop, please ask if you'd like to be pointed to them.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The birds are carved separately from the carved plaque on which they are displayed, but the two are carved in a single piece of wood. There are no chips or breaks, no restorations and even that long delicate pheasant tail feather spread is perfectly preserved. I don't find a single tip or chip flaw and no cracks or hairlines. This is a superb plaque! Opulent large size, and perfectly preserved. I will add that while you see some shine on our photos, it's just the wood oil we use to keep the wood supple and keep it from cracking - there is not any shellac or lacquer on the wood. Just wood stain, a' la original.
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