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This Dummy board, otherwise known as silent companion, is a classic cut out figure of a young English aristocratic man. It is beautifully painted in oil in trompe l’oeil manner on a flat board. Dummy boards were placed in front of fireplaces during summer months in the 18th and 19th Centuries as hearth decorations. According to the Victoria and Albert Museum, they originated in the 17th century and were popular until the 19th century when they fell out of fashion.


In overall good antique condition. Wear consistent with age and use. There is a small crack in the arm. Provenance: Sotheby’s New York Auction April 2003. 3 Auction labels on the back of the board.

Measurements: H 39 1/2" x W 17" x D 8"

Weight: 6lbs. 8oz.

19th Century Dummy Board, Hand Painted Figure of English Elizabethan Boy

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