C17th Carving Of A Wedding Party

C17th Carving Of A Wedding Party
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C17th English naive relief carving in oak of a wedding party in procession . Approx 78cm x 26 cm x 2.5 cm .The carving shows 20 figures, several of them mounted on horses. The party is led by a Waites band of pipe and tabor, bagpipes, and what appears to be a serpent, followed by a mounted figure carrying what looks like a bladder of ale. A robed figure, possibly the priest, walks alongside, and the bride and groom, mounted on the same horse, are led by a women carrying a basket and a swag of flowers. They are followed in their turn by wedding guests and further robed figures. Some of the clothing depicted is dateable, in particular the floppy boots worn by some of the men, which seem to have been popular in the mid 1600’s. We think that this is a pre-Puritan era piece because of the presence of the band , and a country piece rather than a high status “fashionable” carving.The style is fairly crude and naive, but very lively and animated. There is no evidence of previous mounting on  furniture, and the panel is heavy; an inch thick, suggesting a stand alone piece - possibly a decoration in an Inn or tavern. A lovely characterful carving.

£950.00


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