A charming 18th century Italian carved branch of coral depicting a dog chasing a hare chasing a parrot, surrounded by rococo style foliage. Carved from a branch of noble Mediterranean coral, or corallium rubrum, this piece appears to have been mounted at some point, possibly as a piece of jewelry or part of a larger decorative piece. Some small pieces of gold wire remain visible on the back. One of the branches shows a repair, skillfully done with tiny coral beads to cover the spot, and thus certainly more than 100 years ago. This piece is most likely from the famous Trapani region of Sicily, which became known beginning in the 15th century for its remarkable works in coral and brass. The early styles were almost exclusively religious, becoming more secular during the Baroque era and onward into the late 1800s. Early, well carved pieces from before 1830 are increasingly rare. This piece is particularly unique in its depiction of animals; I believe it dates to the early to mid-1700s, though it could be even earlier. Very good condition, noting the small repair previously mentioned. The parrot appears to have had a claw at one point, now missing. This piece can be displayed with other objets or curiosities, and also worn as pendant (as shown, ribbon can be included if the buyer wishes). Makes for an interesting conversation piece!
Dimensions: 2.5" x 2" Weight: 16.4 grams