Measuring at just over a foot tall, this small cherub was hand carved from walnut wood by a French woodworker in the 1800’s.
Our wingless cherub has his right arm extended at shoulder level. It was originally used as a bed crown over a French day bed (see photo). The left arm crosses his abdomen and rests on the hip. His hand is closed in a circular fashion, indicating that he may have been holding an item (such as a small flag) at one point in time. The cherub’s legs are bent and slightly spread apart. The back of his thighs has a flattened section, and there is a small eyelet attached to the upper back.
Walnut is a hard wood with medium graining, making it durable and resistant to moisture, but difficult to sculpt. The texture of the wood can also prove challenging when carving facial expressions. However, in the hands of a skilled woodworker, such as the carver of this cherub, the finished product becomes a wonderful piece of art.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with minor losses. Nice old repair to one shoulder, a few spots of old wood worm. A small eyelet has been installed on the back for mounting purposes. Possible missing element from left hand.