This unusual pair of oak Bacchus wall brackets were hand-carved in France during the 1700’s. From an old sticker on the back of the console, we can see that these were sold as part of an auction to liquidate the interior furnishings of Chateau de Sauvage, in October of 1970. King Louis XIV gifted Chateau de Sauvage to one of his daughters in the late 1600s or early 1700s. It was later rebuilt in the 19th century and eventually became a zoological reserve. It is located in Emance, in north-central France. The park closed permanently in November of 2016.
These brackets have been expertly carved out of hard French oak. The features are very refined. Each bracket has a shaped platform that rests above a mascaron of Bacchus surrounded by grapevines. Bacchus is the Roman god of festivals, theater, and wine. In Greek mythology, his name is Dionysus. Bacchus is typically depicted with facial hair and a headpiece made of grapes, both of which are present in out brackets.
The 18th century oak Bacchus wall brackets have eyelets on the back for hanging purposes. With a depth of 8 ½ inches, the brackets can be used to support a small accessory. They can also be used as decorative wall elements in a wine room. At some point in their history, a partial white finish was applied, all while allowing the grain of the natural oak to be seen.
CONDITION: Very good condition with traces of old white finish. All carvings seem intact.