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Antique French Theatrical Balustrade with the Original Painted Finish France circa 1880

A grand antique French theatrical carved wooden balustrade with the original painted finish used for productions on a provincial stage in the north of France circa 1885. The tremendous effect of "faux" or false perspective painting is ably demonstrated on this relic from the theatre. This flat board was cut into the shape of a classical balustrade originally seen in the ruins of ancient civilizations. The use of individually carved upright supports topped with a horizontal band continues to line garden pathways and grand staircases throughout the world created most extravagantly in marble but also seen in other stones. In this piece a stage painting artist has used the effects of shadow and light and color to give the illusion that this flat board is actually a three dimensional balustrade. It is fascinating to see the lower left and right corners where the piece is notched out indicating its ability to slot into accompanying items of the set to complete the creation of an entire theatrical world. Now in the 21st scenery this piece possesses an arresting appearance independent of its original use and will be a striking focal point in an interior.

# EEJ305

DIMENSIONS

109.00" w x 2.00" d x 33.00" h

276.86cm w x 5.08cm d x 83.82cm h

$4,378.00

A grand antique French theatrical carved wooden balustrade with the original painted finish used for productions on a provincial stage in the north of France, 1885. The tremendous effect of "faux" or false perspective painting is ably demonstrated on this relic from the theatre. This flat board was cut into the shape of a classical balustrade originally seen in the ruins of ancient civilizations. The use of individually carved upright supports topped with a horizontal band continues to line garden pathways and grand staircases throughout the world created most extravagantly in marble but also seen in other stones. In this piece a stage painting artist has used the effects of shadow and light and color to give the illusion that this flat board is actually a three dimensional balustrade. It is fascinating to see the lower left and right corners where the piece is notched out indicating its ability to slot into accompanying items of the set to complete the creation of an entire theatrical world. Now in the 21st scenery this piece possesses an arresting appearance independent of its original use and will be a striking focal point in an interior.