A Gothic feel to it, this little gem frame of remarkable carverâs skill, entirely hand carved of wood, beveled and with cutaways seemingly too delicate to last, yet itâs at least 150 years old now. The locket doors hinge and swing back to reveal a hand painted porcelain devotional plaque of Madonna and the Christ child, similar to the myriad poses popular in the 1600s throughout Europe. A hinged back easel stand remains intact, too. Measurements are on the photos, but it is 5 3/8 Â» tall.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, for age and type. No chips nor cracks to the painted porcelain plaque, as you can see (pardon a tiny bit of dust that escaped my photographerâs attention. It is clean now. Superbly carved, one of the nicest weâve seen. There appears to be only an evenly-repaired small loss to outer edge of each leg (visible from side view) where perhaps one chipped, and the other was trimmed to match perfectly. Doesnât hurt the display at all. Just bears a tiny mention. We did not open to see if the plaque has a signature, expecting it would not. These were souvenir items of the famed Grand Tour, mid-1800s.
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