So I was out & about at a antique shop and this piece immediately attracted me. On the back there was a sticker that said it was a replica, it’s very heavy & stone like so the re-creater did a fantastic job. This was most likely a replica/inspiration from 17-18th century.
From what I’ve learned and researched : It could also be inspired by a “Soul Effigy“, or winged cherub,they were common headstone carvings in the mid 1700s. I’m most familiar with the medieval period and the symbol of mortality and reflecting the Puritan religious influence, (the Winged Skull or Death’s Head)
The difference in these gravestones reveal a shift in American culture away from dogmatic religious beliefs to more of a free spirit mindset. The change in gravestone carvings began around 1630 & continued through the 18th century. People were moving away from condemning Puritan beliefs that focused more on frightening ideas of eternal suffering. The population was preferring a non-condemning take on the afterlife. Soul Effigies are winged heads popular in colonial and revolutionary America (17 & 18th centuries). They represent the ascension of the soul to heaven. Some were angelic, sometimes with crowned heads. These emphasized eternal life. Some others could be portrait stones representation of the deceased. Carvers often carved the same signature face over and over,only changing some details to suit the individual being depicted. So, although they are called portraits, they were not meant to be a true likeness of the deceased.
(I could be wrong if my actual piece is one of these , but it resembles them in so many ways, as it is a replica it seems to have more personality as whoever the artist was put a lot love into it. I think it’s a beautiful piece and because I adore old gravestones and their history I love having this hanging in my home to remind me of the graves and history I’ve learned/visited.
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A most unusual pair of Staffordshire pottery pastille burner in the form of houses. With bocarge to the roof edgings. Excellent overall condition. Minor variation in the decorations
Ref No. 7773
Late 19th century patinated bronze model of a Berber by Emile Pinedo Paris. The Berber portrayed in traditionally attire, walking and holding a water jar in each hand, the naturalistically cast rectangular base stamped in the maquette 'PINEDO PARIS' and applied with a plaque to the front inscribed 'PRIX DE ROME’
Ref No. 7727