This magnificent hand carved walnut and solid,thick,walnut burl carving was the master pattern carved in Italy for a headboard sold by the renowned Hoke Furniture Co. in Thurmont,MD. Stored for many years with some of the rubbery material used to make molds,still attached on the back. Perhaps to incorporate for a mirror or larger headboard,etc.as the company make only one of a kind pieces . Makes a fabulous wall hanging for attaching a sconce,foyer, above a mantel or buffet as well as a bed headboard.
A talented graduate of Harvard Business School opened his custom made furniture company in 1946,Mr. Hoke created only high end pieces with specialty finishes,going to Italy to study for his firm with some of the finest craftsmen on certain pieces such as this. The company gained a global reputation, known for the exquisite carvings on their pieces as well as materials and dealt with the wealthy throughout the US,Europe,Saudi Arabia and Paris.
Although Mr. Hoke is no longer alive his company and legacy live on,still creating one of a kind pieces. Several hand written notes,a name,head board as well as the tiny stamp of The Hoke Furniture Co are shown on the back of this piece . Excellent condition on the aged patina of the wood only,no finish and hand rubbed.
Wonderful wall hanging above a buffet, fireplace or focal point for a foyer as well. Double heavy duty wires with large eye hooks on the back for hanging. Appears to be one of his earlier 1940's pieces as this was the style he was creating during this era.
Measures 45.5 H X 38 L X 2 D.