We are offering a very nicely carved hanging wall shelf that is most likely from the Victorian era. The piece measures about 18 1/4 inches long, is slightly less than 11 inches wide and extends about 5 ½ inches out from the wall. The back board is carved from a single piece of either poplar or pine. The carving is wonderful representing three flower pots with handles. Each pot is filled with generic flowers and leaves. Underneath the shelf the support is carved with flowers running down the length of the front and flowers are also located on the back board beneath the shelf. The condition of the piece is good with some minor defects. The back board has warped slightly so that it has pulled away from the shelf on either end. A previous owner has made an attempt to pull the warp back to reattach to the shelf using nails, screws and glue. In two of the photos you can see remnants of the glue. Over time the repairs have failed so that the back board has once again pulled away from the shelf. Although this is a defect, the impact is minor and easily overlooked. We would leave it just the way it is since the gaps on the two ends are both less than 1/8 inch. The surface of the piece has been covered with varnish. Over time the varnish has started to crackle as is common for aged varnish. The carving is outstanding, clearly a result of work done by a master carver. Both the design and execution make this into an exceptional piece of folk art. There is a thin wire attached to the top portion that was intended to be used for hanging. We have left that in place. The new owner might wish to replace that with a better hanging system that better suits his or her needs. You will love seeing this item hanging on your den wall.
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