Out, Out, Brief Candle; Unique

Origin: English
Period: 19thC & 21stC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1800-1900 & c.2021
Height: 13”
Width: 6.5”
Depth: 7.5” (all at extremities)

The beautifully preserved and mounted barn owl (Tyto alba) specimen*, perched with poise upon a nineteenth century period fragmentary human skull, the whole a sculptural concoction surviving from the nineteenth and twenty first centuries.

“Out out brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Excerpt from Macbeth Act V Scene V

*Provided with A10 certificate Article 10