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Pair of Antique Hand Carved Renaissance Revival Caricature Monk Sculptures

US$3,153.55Asking Price


Rare and top quality carved pair of monk busts by L. Girardon. Nowadays, anyone capable of making a detailed drawing of a human face is considered an artist (and rightly so). For a person to be able to carve detailed busts with striking faces out of one piece of nutwood whilst keeping everything perfectly balanced and three dimensionally correct, to us, is amazing. The facial expressions of these monks are much like some of the caricatures that can be found in sketch books of Leonardo da Vinci. This amazing pair from circa 1880-1890 is signed 'L. Girardon'. We cannot find any other artworks of this (French or Italian) sculptor anywhere in the world. This amazes us, because these busts are far too good and far too special for them to be the work of a 'one day fly'. Judging from their less than serene faces one could doubt wether these monks were god's best servants, but they are unique, all-handcrafted, top-quality carved and in mint condition. If you like the look and feel of these rare antiques as much as we do then you will love our price. Also, because our price for this pair even includes perfect packing and worldwide delivery from our store to your door in just 4 days Maximum width x height x depth: 8.1 x 6.1 x 4.5 inches. We have a passion for the unique, for quality, for stylish & meaningful and for craftsmanship of years gone by. Your purchases will be extremely well packaged and we look forward to serving you (again). You can shop all our 1000+ listings by pushing the button that reads 'View All From Seller'.


  • Creator
    L. Girardon (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.1 in. (15.5 cm)Width: 8.1 in. (20.58 cm)Depth: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Renaissance Revival (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    This unique pair is in mint condition.
  • Seller Location
    Lisse, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FiGQ113431stDibs: LU234138357853

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  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 7-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Lisse, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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