Carved and gilded 38" round circus tableau lion's head, attributed to Samuel Robb, New York, circa 1880. The head is carved in deep relief and has a circular shape. The head is beautifully articulated with well defined eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth and fangs. The lion's mane has a wonderfully dramatic stylized presence. The lion's eyes are white with raised black pupils. The inside of his mouth is painted red and his fangs are painted white. The remainder of the figure is gilded. The combination of form and color creates one of the more dramatic and eye catching American wood carvings, we have seen. (FA-305)
Condition: The original mounting holes are visible. There is a small loss over the lion's left eye as well as typical age cracking. There appears to be some restoration to the gilt surface. The paint surfaces has a crackle finish with minor losses.
Dimension: Diameter 38 inches.