Hand-carved from French limestone, this rare gargoyle architectural has a wonderful cream finish with white accents and centuries’ worth of accumulation, resulting in areas of gold and brown patina. Assigning an age to a piece like this is extremely difficult, as gargoyles were used in architecture as early as the Gothic period, placing the carving of this scupper from anywhere between the 12th century to the late 17th century.
The back of the stone has been carved roughly, as this section was not typically seen and mortared into an edifice. However, the rest of the stone has been carved in detail, most noticeably the folded segmented wings flanking the stoic grotesque face and the pair of legs which are only visible from the underside. Our gargoyle can be used functionally as a waterspout, as a trough has been carved into the back of the mythical creature, allowing falling water to cascade from the open mouth. It would also make a very unique fountain element or a water feature for a pool wall.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and losses commensurate to age and being displayed outdoors. Limestone is a natural material that can change color with exposure to the elements.