Pair of Statuesque French 18th C Hand-Carved Limestone French Ball Finials
This pair of exceptional hand-carved 18th Century ball finials is certainly not perfect, but completely authentic and have great form and presence. With come remnants of old white paint that we believe mostly cover old repairs, they are extremely solid and will do fine in any climate left outside uncovered. The ball of one has been attached by means of a lead solder (probably over a pintel), while the other sits flat on the base with an original lead collar. One sphere is not perfectly round, but a result of hand-carving and we think these slight differences make them all the more interesting and authentic. Please note there are chips and nicks to both finials, as shown in the photos, but let us know if you need more pics to make a decision! Each finial weighs on the order of 400 lbs.
France, CA 1780
Left Finial: H: 30 in D: 11.5 in W: 11.25 in
Right Finial: H: 29.75 in D: 12 in W: 12 in
Price: $7,200, the pair
Ref: FBF 1068