Continental: 19th Century
29 inches height, 9.5 inches width, 3 inches depth
$3,600, the pair
A pair of giltwood wall plaques in the Italianate Baroque taste, each of a stylized winged Pegasus horse in a scrolled design. They are finely carved, with opposing elements — one horse facing right the other facing left. Each is executed in sculptural relief with a realistic horse head with flowing mane tilted as if peering over its wing. They were likely originally incorporated as architectural elements in interior paneling.
Pegasus is a winged flying horse of ancient Greek mythology. He was a gentle animal even though he was the son of Poseidon, the vengeful god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses, and of the fearsome Medusa with her snake hair. According to the myth, Zeus honored Pegasus by turning him into a constellation.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall wear to gilding. Minor exposed wood (appearing as chips) lower corners, probably where removed from paneling, can be adapted in restoration.