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Enormous Figural Terra Cotta Cornice Cartouche Item # F9561
Salvaged from the cornice of the old Eastern Building (a long-gone department store in in Portland, Oregon), this incredible architectural cartouche depicts a Mesopotamian ruler, flanked by two phoenix birds. Made from terra cotta, this piece represents Portland's early architectural heyday: the start of the 20th century saw incredible cast iron and terra cotta-faced structures spring up all over the burgeoning downtown, asserting Portland as a landmark destination on the West Coast.
Taking clear inspiration from pre-Alexandrian designs, this cartouche reminds us that the Classical Revival incorporated elements from many different ancient eras, including Grecian, Roman, Mesopotamian and Egyptian motifs. You would also be forgiven for finding it very reminiscent of a certain Headmaster of a legendary school of wizardry, as we do!
As a standalone decorative element, this piece is impressive. It could also be incorporated into a built-in, or be re-homed at the top of a new building.
- Historical Style: Classical Revival
- Condition Notes: A few cracks in the facade, along the edge and right corner. Nicely intact finish, without any structural issues. All wear is commensurate with age.
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Enormous Figural Terra Cotta Cornice Cartouche