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Raj, Anglo-Indian Colonial Carved Wood Corner Shelf

Raj, Anglo-Indian Colonial Carved Wood Corner Shelf

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Directory: Antiques: Furnishings: Accessories: Shelves: Pre 1900: Item # 1075516

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Richly hand carved, in typical Anglo-Indian colonial fashion, hardwood corner hanging shelf. From the uncarved back, it appears the wood may be imported mahogany if not a similarly grained rosewood from the region. An eagle bearing what appears to be a cobra in its beak (hooded head wrapping around the eagle's side) while a mongoose holds the snake's tail in its bite. The group standing upon an acanthus leaf plinth with turned and reeded drop finial. All secured to a corner bracket quartersphere shelf with intricately carved and pierced skirt joined to shaped panels with pierced vine background and broadly gadrooned and reeded edges terminating in a supporting element depicting a large, pierced and inverted acanthus leaf flanked by a pair of peafowl. Details throughout carved and incised. The whole stained with a dark finish. Condition is good. We photographed this 'in situ' with flash. Wear to the finish is not really as dramatic and would improve visually with minor touch-up. Some minor, small distresses to wingtips and edges. A couple screws visible from the front should conceal with little effort (stain or color and perhaps a little clay first - as when made in the 19th century.) This exceeds our 9 lb digital scale and will ship "oversize" so expect bumps in the shipping cost (inquire for a quote.) Height top to bottom from back is 18 1/5 inches (47cm). Span top to bottom from front is about 21 inches (53.34cm). Widest point along top is 15 3/4 inches (40cm). Wingspan of the eagle is about 15 inches (38cm).