Presented in three sections, this unique French stone arcade measures over 12 ½ feet in length. Hand-carved in Burgundy, France, during the mid-1800s, the limestone has a pleasing neutral color. Years of exposure to the elements have given the arcades a fantastic, mottled patina of light gray, black, and green that covers a fair majority of the stone.
Arcading is a series of linked arches that offer a unique aesthetic appeal to architectural structures that are otherwise unadorned, such as walkways or exterior walls. Each arch has a battlement embellishment beneath the curve, which is in turn above a recessed molding. The bottom of each arch span is adorned with a volute, and in the areas where the whorls intersect, they flank a pointed nib that resembles a fleur de lys. A fascinating set of French architectural remnants from the 19th century, the arcades can be installed together as one long decorative element or the three sections can be used independently as sculptural enhancements inside or outdoors.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and minor losses. There are carved channels and holes on the top sides from previous installs. Stone is a natural material that can change colors with exposure to the elements.