This sculpted bas relief panel was hand-carved from oak in France during the 1800’s. The 29-inch-tall panel features a quaint central oval medallion depicting a man and woman enjoying tobacco. A man sitting in a chair with a pipe in his right hand is reaching into a tobacco bowl being held by a woman behind him. The woman has her other hand up to her face, implying that she has just inhaled some of the tobacco blend. This was a common practice for both men and women in Europe up until the late 19th century.
Beneath the man’s feet is a semi-circular border that surrounds a partial mascaron of a man. The medallion and the mascaron are both enveloped by quarter round molding that forms a stylized bow under the mascaron. At the top of the panel is an asymmetrical carving of a large cauldron filled with fresh French baguettes that is flanked by lion heads with volute bodies.
Our jovial 19th century sculpted oak bas relief panel would make a nice addition to a gentleman’s study or a bar and game room. The panel can be displayed in a stand on top of a table or ledge. It can also be hung on the wall, as there is a small eyelet affixed to the back for hanging purposes.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with age separations and minor nicks and losses. An eyelet has been installed on the back for hanging purposes. Please see photos for details.