Wood - Carvings

 

Carving of Marriage Initials 

English, late 16th c.

Just follow the curves of that "M"! It may be the finest carved initial that you'll see. The ampersand is a beauty too. All this accompanied by a bunch of grapes (for Christianity), an oak (for jolly old England) and a pomegranate (for the resurrection and eternal life.) Probably from a court or a press cupboard as a wedding gift to M (groom) E (family) C (bride). And all this in a small panel that will stand sweetly on your dressing table, your desk or your mantel shelf.

$395

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Carved Overdoor 

Welsh or West England, 1625-50

A rare overdoor panel with lively, scaley, fire-breathing dragons (sea serpents?) flanking two lions rampant (who look as it they're walking up walls). Lots of energy in this one, if you've got the right spot for it….

$1,195

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Adam and Eve Panel 

Flemish, 16th c.

The rarest of the rare! Why? Well, have you ever seen Adam and Eve without the apple and serpent? Here they are shown before the Fall under a tree of life that morphs into a grotesque mask of the Green Man (fertility). Eve is wearing a belt with a purse(!), and as for Adam's left hand…An intriguing image of Eden to say the least! Great color ranging from light to dark chocolate with well worn high spots.

$575

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ze152

 

Pair of Panels 

English, 1530-1550.

Each panel with a pair of satyrs in the grotesque manner, with typical Renaissance scrolling foliage, flowers and acorns. Engraving by Georg Pencz, 1523/30

$695

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Panel 

English, 1550-1575

Exceptional carving of a male traveler returning to an all-female household -- possibly Odysseus. Surrounded by a beautiful Romanesque wreath with putti top and bottom, and flowered spandrels.

$975

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zb156

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