Hand-carved in Italy during the 1700’s, this architectural façade has a polychrome paint that features gold with red accents. There is a central niche that measures 12” H x 9” W with a red border. The cutout is flanked by a pair of S-scrolls on top of C-scrolls, all with foliate detailing. A leaf with curled edges can be seen beneath the window, with a fascinating center noix comprised of spiral lobes. Above the niche is a scalloped shell that is partially obscured by a red drapery, reminiscent of a stage curtain. The drapery is topped by an outward curving canopy of crenellation that is embellished with a lozenge diaper pattern. At the top is a crown comprised of a curled acanthus adorned with gadrooning and a leaf cup finial. Our 18th century architectural niche can be hung as a a piece of sculptural art. It can also be fitted with a piece of antique glass to make a fabulous and unique wall mirror.
CONDITION: Antique strong condition with old repairs and more recent restoration work. Losses to paint and wood as seen in photos.