Hand-carved in mid-relief in France during the 1700’s, this limestone medallion features the bust of a woman looking slightly to her right. Cavetto molding surrounds the oval medallion of a woman with long, wavy hair. Interestingly, scattered amongst her locks are several clusters of grapes, perhaps indicating that the woman is Ariadne, the wife of Bacchus/Dionysus, who is the god of grape harvesting.
The beautiful hand-carved 18th century limestone medallion has developed a colorful patina consisting of brown, green, dark gray, and black specks, indicating that it was displayed outdoors. It would make a wonderful addition as an exterior wall plaque or could be displayed inside with the aid of a stand.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some faded carved elements, acceptable losses, and fleabites to the molding, all which are commensurate to age and exposure to the elements. Light buildup and traces of lichen have given the limestone a fantastic, mottled patina.