Early Lichened French Cast Stone Flamingo on Carved Stone Base
Fabulous in all respects, this polychromed cast stone flamingo is loaded with lichen, moss and old paint that achieves a pitch-perfect look. Hand-incised feather strokes along his entire torso and sides show multiple coats of old pink, white, grey and black paint, now graced with lichen and moss. His original spindly and rusty legs show remnants of yellow and red paint, and have been inserted into a later carved stone base, which is sufficiently heavy to provide needed support. The particularly graceful S-curve of his neck and shape of his head and beak not seen in later flamingo figures makes this a very special piece indeed. Although quite capable of living outdoors year-round in warm climates, this piece should be brought inside at the first sign of frost to extend his gorgeous patina and longevity. Please note that he will need to be crated prior to non-local delivery. The overall measurements are listed below, but for clarity, please note that the statue measures 38 inches high x 5.5 inches wide (body) x 22 inches wide, while the base is 11.88 inches diameter. There is a minor scrape to the carved stone base that will weather over in time, and there is a very slight sway to the legs when the piece is moved, but it is stable overall.
France, CA 1920s-1930s
H: 38 in D: 5.5 in W: 22 in Base: 11.88 in diameter
Ref: SAN 1082