Gorgeous and substantial antique Victorian or Napoleon III era hand carved wall shelf. Beautifully hand carved of solid wood with exquisite detail, impressive size and sturdy built. Depicting the bust of a cherub / angel. The dimensional figure is finely modeled with classic features, adorable rounded cheeks, beautiful eyes and lovely detail to the hair. The outspread wings encompass the length of the shelf, curving upwards to create a V form, exquisite carving to the multitude of feathers. The shelf top features a serpentine edge finished with a superb gadrooned border. Just in France. Huge size, shown displaying two large dinner plates. Perfect for displaying a variety of items, for example a clock, baluster vase or statue figurine. In very good antique condition, some general wear commensurate with use and age. The tip of the bottom feather with a re-glued chip, hardly noticeable. Measures 22 3/4" length x 15 3/8" height x 9 1/2" deep.
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