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Pair of Large Antique French Cast Iron Painted Birds France circa 1885

A pair of large scale antique French cast iron birds of prey originally framing the ends of a balustrade circa 1885 in their original painted finish. The ferocious angle of the heads with an open beak and extended tongue hark back to mythological beasts seen in both painting and sculpture while the realistic depiction of the feathered plumage is quite striking. Each bird stands upon two legs ending in massive splayed feet that enables the pieces to free stand without needing to be otherwise supported. Because these birds were originally cast to be seen from all sides they are able to be approached and viewed in the round. While they were originally used to frame a balustrade on an open balcony they now are able to be used as objects either inside or outside of a home. Their unique subject matter and amazing quality give them a terrific appeal and invite an imaginative contemporary use.

# EEJ245

DIMENSIONS

13.50" w x 12.00" d x 37.00" h

34.29cm w x 30.48cm d x 93.98cm h

$2,834.00

A pair of large scale antique French cast iron birds of prey originally framing the ends of a balustrade circa 1885 in their original painted finish. The ferocious angle of the heads with an open beak and extended tongue hark back to mythological beasts seen in both painting and sculpture while the realistic depiction of the feathered plumage is quite striking. Each bird stands upon two legs ending in massive splayed feet that enables the pieces to free stand without needing to be otherwise supported. Because these birds were originally cast to be seen from all sides they are able to be approached and viewed in the round. While they were originally used to frame a balustrade on an open balcony they now are able to be used as objects either inside or outside of a home. Their unique subject matter and amazing quality give them a terrific appeal and invite an imaginative contemporary use.