A true masterpiece of craftsmanship and historical significance, this unique Italian panel is from the late 1800s. Intricately carved in mid-relief, the work of art is a testament to the rich heritage of Lucca, Italy, and showcases the panther of Lucca, a symbol deeply rooted in the city’s history. The panel depicts the majestic panther clutching an escutcheon adorned with scalloped trim and beading, creating a captivating heraldic display. Atop the coat of arms rests a stylized six-point closed crown, adding regal elegance to the composition.
Beneath the coat of arms, a delightful musical-inspired trophy takes center stage, surrounded by fringed linenfold flags, graceful crinkled ribbons, and lush foliage. The panel’s unique shape and rich patina contribute to its timeless appeal, making it a captivating focal point in any space. As a symbol of Lucca, the panther has been an enduring emblem seen throughout the city, and its presence at landmarks like Porta Santa Maria (St. Maria’s Gate), flanking the side arches designated for transit entrance, adds a historical and cultural layer to this remarkable piece. Bring a touch of Italian history and artistry into your home with this extraordinary Italian panel, a true testament to the craftsmanship and heritage of Lucca.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with minor nicks and losses. Some very light age separations and traces of old woodworms. Bracket on back for hanging purposes. A small old repair in one corner of the panel.