A lovely carved walnut panel depicting the tree of life. If is carved in high relief with tulip shaped leaves and curling roots below. Date wise it is early 20th century, and certainly has some Art & Crafts /Nouveau influence. Interestingly it is rather in the style of John Pearson, the noted Newlyn School metal ware designer, similarities can be seen in the style of some copper ware he designed, particularly in the form of the leaves and the symmetry of the designs. He was known to have produced a small amount of furniture (or at least the carving inserts), but sadly there are no marks or details to confirm any of this. The panel itself has chamfered edges so could have been a door panel originally, but it may also have been produced as a stand alone carving. Whatever the origin it is a fine piece and will no doubt delight the new owner.
The suface finish is satin and not varnished or lacquered which is usual for Arts & Crafts items. It has just had a gentle clean to remove surface dirt an been treated with natural wax ready for display.
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