A splendidly carved anatomical study of a grouse, fame hen, mounted on the typical carved oval wooden wall plaque. This one is rather unique in that it's a full relief carving of the bird, giving it heft, weight, drama and appeal. The plaque is smallish compared to many of these we've bought and sold (and use in our own homes) over time. The detail is marvelous and the condition of the plaque is remarkable. Dating to late 1800s and not later than 1915, it seems like it ought to have a signature of a very talented carver, but I do not find a signature. Look at the head, the eye, beak, the fine detail to the feathers throughout. Both legs and feet are carved and undamaged, as well.
Very good to excellent for age and type. It has no chips nor cracks and is carved (the bird) of a single solid piece of wood, then attached to the backing plaque with a center screw. The backing plaque is 13" x 10" and has the single flaw notable, which is an age/drying hairline extending from the bottom, running slightly behind the bird's head. It extends about 20% up the length of the plaque only, not all the way. Stable. Just evidence of old wood shrinkage over a century plus. Wonderful piece. You'll want to group it with others, perhaps, or hang above a bracket shelf to give it some extra emphasis in your collection.
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