An exceptionally rare 17th Century English antique tobacco sign.
A similar example sold at Lyon and Turnbull Edinburgh, Lot 64, The Beal House Sale, 14th October 2020 but was lacking its wooden signed base.
Carved from a single piece of timber, the upright figure depicted as a blackamoor in a stylised tobacco leaf tribal headdress and tobacco leaf skirt, his chest with medallion, his right arm outstretched, and his left holding a bundle of tobacco leaves.
The base inscribed with the words “cigar”, “tobacco” and “snuff”.
Verso is the original iron-hanging bracket.
In original polychromy.
Size 63.5cm (25″).
Condition – as per images. Good overall. There is a very minor loss to the underside of a finger of his right hand and the feet have been re-joined at the ankles
however this does not have any detrimental effect on the sculpture which displays incredibly well.
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