Two carved wood plaques

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  1. Martin s

    Martin s Well-Known Member

    Hi all.picked these up and am trying to work out if they are plaques meant for hanging or something else.
    Each seem to be carved from a single piece of wood.I think they are carvings of fish but not sure.there are two holes on each of them on the edge, one on one side and another on opposite side.there is also then another point on edge where something else was fixed.maybe for a wall hanging i presume?

    They both are 9 inches in diameter by 3 quarters of inch approx thick. JPEG_20240304_204357_resize_26.jpg JPEG_20240304_204443_resize_36.jpg JPEG_20240304_204505_resize_6.jpg JPEG_20240304_204526_resize_67.jpg JPEG_20240304_204556_resize_18.jpg

    Am wondering does anyone have any knowledge on this type of carving.

    Thank you as always
     
  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

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  3. Martin s

    Martin s Well-Known Member

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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Thanks to Google Images.

    Debora
     
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  5. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Whut? Rare Haitian?

    That's an absolutely typical British mahogany folding cake stand, that is. I've had many, and see them often.
     
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  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Not going to quibble re purpose but... Those motifs don't look very British.

    Debora
     
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  7. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    They’re a bit book of Kells with those fish. I’ve seen that design somewhere, I wish I could think where. It’s the idea that Haitians made traditional British cake stands that seems bonkers to me! They were a French colony not one of ours. And that looks awfully like a salmon.
     
  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The internet identifies this as a Celtic fish.

    Debora

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  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Hah, that’s exactly what I had in mind. We did a lot of this Celtic and pseudo Celtic imagery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth, that whole back to nature arts and crafts thing.
     
  10. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Hah, that’s exactly what I had in mind. We did a lot of this Celtic and pseudo Celtic imagery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth, that whole back to nature arts and crafts thing.
     
  11. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  12. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    How very odd. Have a google on mahogany folding cake stand as a term, you’ll see loads of British ones of identical form. Sans carving though.

    Someone must be churning the things out.
     
  13. Martin s

    Martin s Well-Known Member

    Either way.am sure mine was part of one ,one time but mine now no longer a stand.
     
  14. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Agreed, they were certainly from a stand.
     
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