Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong – Heavily Carved Oak and Brass – RARE

Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong – Heavily Carved Oak and Brass.



Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong - Heavily Carved Oak and Brass


Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong - Heavily Carved Oak and Brass


GLORIOUS, RARE and UNIQUE French Provincial oak heavily carved dinner Gong.......complete with hand beaten brass Gong and original Gong Padded Stick.

From Circa 1840.
This is a LARGE Floor Dinner Gong....not to be confused with a smaller table version.

'Green Man' Head as central motif on the carving.

Large Wolf's/Lion's Paw feet.

Probably made in Northern France......in the Ardennes Region.....it has a strong Germanic or Flemish influence.

Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong - Heavily Carved Oak and Brass.

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A Green Man Sculpture is a sculpture, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings. "The Green Man" is also a popular name for English public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some[1][2] speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man

Link: https://robertsongallery.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/who-is-the-green-man-carved-into-furniture/

Link: http://www.greenmanenigma.com/history.html

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The Gong is made of hand beaten solid brass and it has its original gong stick.

The Gong Stick sits on a shelf on the top of the piece with a hand-carved shell pelmet.

The sides of the piece have hand-carved fruit.

We have NEVER seen another of this QUALITY !!!!

IT IS A 'STEAL' AT THIS PRICE !!!

 

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History of Dinner Gongs: 

Dinner Parties were the most common social events of the 19th Century.

Guests would gather in the atrium and ballroom of a fine house and be served aperitifs.

The 'Gong' would be sounded to announce to Guests that Dinner was ready.

The 'Gong' was a symbol of affluence and the more ornate the Gong the more affluent the Dining Host was.

Whoever owned this Gong.....wanted everyone to know they were wealthy and important !!!

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Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong - Heavily Carved Oak and Brass.

Check out the matching Console Table, Buffet/Sideboard and Over-mantle Mirror in this Section.

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PROVINCIAL FURNITURE: 'Provincial" furniture is the term used to describe pieces of furniture that were made in the more rural and rustic parts of the Country involved. Generally speaking, provincial pieces tend to be made from easily accessible local woods such as oak, ash and maple. Designs tended to be simpler in form than pieces made in the major cities. The major cities had greater access to more exotic imported woods and designs tended to be more more intricate and inspired by the prevailing global trends.Wealth also had a large part to play in most provincial pieces. Clearly, the wealthy people of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries wanted ONLY THE BEST AVAILABLE.............and would buy their furniture from high-end city retailers or manufacturers and often had then specifically made for them on commission. Ordinary folk could not afford this but would instead rely upon local cabinet makers for their furniture needs.

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Early 19C French Provincial Dinner Gong - Heavily Carved Oak and Brass.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Ireland.

Condition: Mint

Dimensions: 44" tall, 29" Wide and 20" deep at feet

Price: $3,750.00. Sale Price Now: $3,000.00

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