Furniture - Carvings


Misericord Tricephalos 

Celtic, c.1475

Don't give yourself nightmares! The tricephalos (three-heads, three noses, three mouths but four eyes) was common in Celtic folklore, so this carving may be Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish or Breton. The fact that it is oak (not stone) suggests the comparatively late date and makes a northern origin less likely. If you have Celtic blood in you, you should feel it rising when you look at this guy! Even if you don't, you'll find him/them stunning.


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Fragment of Carved Rail 

English, c.1530

Short section of a rail, pierced and carved with running motif of artichokes. Possibly from a bed rail -- artichokes were aphrodisiacs! In 1576, Dr. Bartolomeo Boldo wrote, “It has the virtue of . . . Provoking Venus for both men and women; for women making them more desirable, and helping the men who are in these matters rather tardy.” We know that Henry VIII grew them. Waxed English surface with dark honey color, perfect for wherever you want to hang it!


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Romayne Panel of a Lady 

Franco-Flemish, c.1550

We don't often find Romaynes as good as this: the lady is facing us (rare) and she is deeply carved, almost in the round (also rare). Her face is realistic, and look how cute (and realistic) the putto is! Above her is a curly sea monster, and the whole panel is an excellent product of the northern European renaissance.


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Pair of Romayne Portrait Panels 

English, c.1550

A life-like pair of profile portraits (doesn't she look haughty!) probably husband and wife. Set in victory wreaths and with Renaissance "grotesque" motifs top and bottom (her lower one echoes his upper one, but simplified -- she was only the wife!) Probably from a paneled wall or screen.


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Pair of Panels 

English, c.1650

Typical mid-century panels with lozenges and nice folky pinwheels in the corners. Architectural, not from a piece of furniture.


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