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Outstanding, antique gold gilt shelf depicting a boy cherub (or cupid) and a girl garden fairy. This exceptional piece is made of both wood and gesso. The hand-held gesso-adorned garland is free-floating and only attached at the hands of each figure. The fact that the garland is still intact is pretty amazing! Based on the style of the shelf's figures, which were extremely popular in the late Victorian - early Edwardian period, I firmly believe this piece is from around the turn of the 19th century to the 19-teens at the latest. Having said this, it could very well be older - from the late 1800's. This piece is from my personal collection and I have thoroughly enjoyed it for the last 25+ years but alas, I am getting older and looking to downsize so this beauty must find a new owner who will appreciate it as I have.
CONDITION: There are no markings as to the country of origin on this shelf. Based on the theme and style, I would attribute it to being either French or Italian in origin. It has characteristics of both styles. The gold gilt that was applied to the highlighted areas is in excellent condition, the patina contributing greatly to the beautiful details, lending depth and dimension to the clothing on both figures. The gesso is in amazing condition considering the age. There is one very small piece missing* from the right-hand side of the middle garland swag - see detailed photos above. There are also some age cracks here and there which can clearly be seen in the up-close detailed photos in this listing. It also does appear that at some point in its history, the boy cherub's wing (on the back side only) was either filled or strengthened as the gold color is different to the surrounding color. The top shelf does have some cracking and very mild warping which causes no issue for any item being displayed on it. Of utmost importance to me is being transparent and honest, so if you see something in one of the photos that you need clarification on, please message me!
Size: 21½" wide x 9½" tall x 6¼" deep. These are the overall measurements. The figures are each approximately 8½" tall.
*NOTE: I am selling this beautiful shelf in it's original "as is" condition because I know there are those collectors who prefer originality as opposed to pieces that have been overly restored. Having said this, I know a highly talented and reputable antique restorer who could easily match the color of the garland's gilt which would render this little "white" spot completely unnoticeable. If you are interested in this, please let me know. I will take care of it for no additional charge to you. This offer is ONLY for the little missing piece of gesso on the right-hand side of the middle garland swag.
SHIPPING NOTES: When you check the shipping calculator, please keep in mind that I have guesstimated (and overly so) the size/weight of the box needed for shipping this item. This is because I do not actually have the correct size box yet. If the shipping comes in less than quoted here, rest assured, you will only be charged the actual shipping/insurance. If you are within a couple hours of my location, I am happy to arrange a local pickup.
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