Just exquisite, and one of the most attractive cherub pieces I have seen... this fine piece of hand carved and painted wood decoration is for hanging and made of a single piece of wood. This is of German origin, 19th century, and from an estate that had many OLD family heirloom items from Germany. I am thrilled to be able to offer these beautiful cherubs, posing like twins. The detail to their facial features is beautifully executed ~ curved lips, plump cheeks with dimples, large expressive eyes and small upturned noses, as well as wavy curls and delicately arched eyebrows. The left cherub has darker brown hair, the right slightly lighter and more fair. The color tone is so pretty ~ soft creamy taupe with hints of green/blue/gray and blush pink cheeks and lips, warm flesh tones. The carving over the breast area is scalloped, mimicking the feather pattern on the wings, as well as soft scroll work. Each face shows slight paint loss on the tips of their nose (see photos). Their are tiny old worm holes on the wood that testify to the age and character of the piece. I see on area on the back left side where it is possible some wood filler was used in a burled knot area of the wood, and it flakes off as tiny white specks when I investigated it with a needle (this is a very small area that I have shown in the last photo). Otherwise, there are a few surface crack lines in the paint, but nothing that penetrates through the woodwork and I do not see any repairs made. This may have been used as religious decoration in a church. It makes a beautiful statement for remembrance or a tribute to a child/children. The faces are so angelic. The size is substantial without being too overstated as simple room decor. It would be beautiful in a nursery, music room, etc. Measures about 12.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall, and projects about 5.5 inches from the wall when hung. It is the perfect size for hanging above a door. The back is unpainted and you can see the fabulous wood grain. There is an old u-bent metal nail inserted for a hook which appears original. It is quite heavy and I will have it securely packed for shipment. Please view photos for details and email if you have any questions. International shipping is likely to be expensive due to weight, so please inquire and I will provide a shipping quote for you.
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