Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"What Is" ?? My New Favorite French Antique

Braving snow, rain, and cold in Paris....
my heart glowed when I discovered this gilt wood piece hanging in a dealer's shop.



I instantly loved it !!

The shape

The patina

The size....34" tall and 16" wide






The surrounding vine and fruit carvings
The front and back are the same






I could think of so many uses....
but how was it used originally in 1900??

I spoke to the dealer who explained....
then I loved it even more !!!

How do you think it was used ???

12 comments:

  1. OMG...who cares what it was originally used for, I want it now!!! LOL! Ok, I will guess....something church related? A base for a statue?

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  2. Oh Theresa, You have such a wonderful eye, I am thrilled it spoke to you also.

    It is not from a church, although many pieces I love started in a church.

    Not attached to another piece.

    I was surprised with the dealer's explanation, but then I could see it.

    It will be in my new shipment arriving in January :-)

    I will post the answer Friday

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  3. If the interior section is flat...used as a mirror? the top of a reception table? Whatever it was, it is wonderful!

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  4. Thanks Pat for playing,
    A clue.,..the 2 metal rings at the top are original as it was hung in its use.

    There is no back or front....both sides the same so you can view from either direction

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  5. A pub sign? Not yet enscribed? Have no real idea.

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  6. Hi DD, You are close !!!
    thanks for playing

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  7. Hi Nance, It's gorgeous. My first thought was that it was used to hang to block drafts, but I don't think that's right. Don't keep us in suspense for too long! Lisa

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  8. I adore it but I am not sure what is was used for.

    I plan to ask a French friend who may know :-)

    Leeann x

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  9. A restaurant sign advertising their changing menu.

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  10. Oh Gina !!! Exactly!

    I have never seen one before. Perhaps you know more information??

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts.
    Nance

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  11. I'm as surprised as you are. The clue came from DD who suggested that it could be a pub sign. I wish I knew more. All I can say is that it must have been a very special restaurant to have commissioned such a beautifully carved sign.

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