Antique Carvings  |  Antique Folk Art

A Pair of 17th Century Naively Carved Oak Panels.

These panels although diabolical are also tremendous fun! They tell an ancient folkloric tale of a stranger who arrives perhaps at “ye Raven Inn” and is invited by the symposium of dissolute gamblers who reside there to join their game. It is only when one of these old topers drops his card beneath the table – that in retrieving it he notices the incumbent has cloven feet – which is when as seen in the second panel – all hell breaks loose! The later carved frames are relatively modern.