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The 19th Century Giltwood and Ebonised Blackamoor depicts a man in a gold-colored tunic, holding a tall, ornate torch in his right hand, with his left arm bent and resting on his hip. The figure stands majestically on a decorative pedestal and features an elegant black finish on his exposed skin. Nicholas Wells Antiques

Stunning Giltwood and Ebonized Blackamoor from the 1800s

Exquisite Craftsmanship and Artistic Design

This 19th-century giltwood and ebonized Blackamoor exemplifies the artistry and craftsmanship of European decorative arts. Blackamoor figures, often depicted as holding candelabra or serving trays, were popular decorative objects in European homes during the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular piece, with its intricate detailing and luxurious materials, is a striking example of the genre.

The figure is expertly carved from wood and then ebonized, a process that gives it a deep, rich color reminiscent of ebony. This ebonization highlights the finely detailed features of the figure, from the folds of its clothing to the expressive facial features. The giltwood elements, including the ornate base and the decorative accessories held by the figure, are gilded with gold leaf, adding a touch of opulence and contrast to the ebonized finish.

Cultural Significance and Decorative Appeal

Blackamoor figures have long been appreciated for their exotic and decorative appeal, reflecting a fascination with the broader world. They were often used in pairs to flank entrances or mantels, adding a sense of grandeur and sophistication to interior spaces. This Blackamoor, with its elegant posture and detailed adornments, embodies this tradition of luxurious decor.

The use of giltwood and ebonization not only demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship but also highlights the artistic interplay between light and dark, creating a visually stunning piece. The figure’s attire, adorned with gilt details, reflects the fashion and aesthetic sensibilities of the period, offering a glimpse into the historical context of its creation.

Versatile Placement and Timeless Elegance

This Blackamoor figure is a versatile decorative piece that can enhance a variety of interior settings. Its elegant and dramatic presence makes it an ideal focal point in a grand hallway, living room, or dining room. The rich contrast between the gilt and ebonized wood allows it to complement both traditional and contemporary decor, adding a touch of historical elegance and exotic charm.

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The 19th Century Giltwood and Ebonised Blackamoor depicts a man in a gold-colored tunic, holding a tall, ornate torch in his right hand, with his left arm bent and resting on his hip. The figure stands majestically on a decorative pedestal and features an elegant black finish on his exposed skin. Nicholas Wells Antiques

19th Century Giltwood and Ebonised Blackamoor

Stock Number: 89165

19th century Italian Blackamoor figure, dressed in gilt cloths and holding a scrolled torchere. The female figure ebonised and polished, standing on a multi-coloured painted plinth.
  • Height: 159 cm (62.5 inches)
  • Width: 40 cm (15.7 inches)
  • Depth : 80 cm (31.5 inches)

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  • Height: 159 cm (62.5 inches)
  • Width: 40 cm (15.7 inches)
  • Depth : 80 cm (31.5 inches)

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