Mahogany Heraldic Carved Giltwood Coat of Arms late 20th Century
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A highly decorative large carved giltwood heraldic coat of arms, late 20th century in date.
This stunning solid mahogany coat of arms has been beuatifully gided and consists of a gilded pair of lions either side of a shield and a knights helmet surmounted by an open winged eagle.
This is a good decorative piece that can either be hung on a wall, above a doorway or displayed on a piece of furniture.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 142 x Width 184 x Depth 18
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 feet, 8 inches x Width 6 feet, 0 inches x Depth 7 inches
Heraldry Wood Carvings
Ever since medieval times there has been a long proud tradition of highly skilled wood carvers producing awe-inspiring carvings of heraldry, or “heraldic art”. These artisans use hammers and chisels (often supplemented by painting) to create carvings that cannot be rivaled in character or authenticity by today’s computer-aided techniques. Perhaps the pinnacle of perfection in this art form in current times has been achieved by Englishman Ian Brennan, who is the official sculptor for the most prominent Knight Orders as well as British royalty.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 08761