Unusual & Rare Antique Carved Irish Bog Oak Owl Inkwell Wood Victorian 19th C
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Unusual & Rare Antique Carved Irish Bog Oak Owl Inkwell Wood Victorian 19th C:
Unusual & Rare Antique Carved Irish Bog Oak Owl Inkwell Wood Victorian 19th c A beautiful and quite rare Irish ink well carved from bog oak, and dating from the second half of the 19th century. I'm not sure if these bog oak pieces were originally tourist ware or folk art, but this piece was obviously created by someone very skilled in his art.A bog oak inkstand, in the shape of an owl, by Cornelius Goggin, is on display in the National Museum of Ireland.
Very finely carved item as you can see, full of character with large feathery eyrbrows adding to his slightly quizzical expression. The back is also intricately carved, with a sort of stylised, almost geometric style where the wings meet.
The eyes are glass, the beak and claws are in a white metal ( I don't think it's silver ). Two of the claw coverings are missing, but fortunately both are central so it looks even. I think the ring around it's leg had a small chain which attached to the branch he originally sat on (also missing, but doesn't really notice). Some other damage which could also be a fault line in the original piece of wood, a small split near hinge on back and some chips to a couple of feathers at the bottom (see copious photos). There is a reddish brown colouration in a couple of small areas which I think is a variation in the piece of bog oak. Also coule of splits in the head which do not go all the way through, and some minor chips inside to ink well lip (no actual inkwell inside). Hinge is loose, and pins do not hold it to base, but it is secure in head part, although some pins missing from back. Could be glued in easily, but I'm not going to do this. Base is not bog oak I think, possibly ebony - nicely turned and suits the owl well - maybe a later addition, not sure.
In my opinion none of this damage detracts from what is a quite rare and very interesting example of the 19th century bog oak carver's art.
Height 20.9cm Base Diameter 11cm weight 942g
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