Origin: English
Period: George II & Late 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1750 & c.2000
Width: 12”
Depth: 10”
Height: 17.5”
(all at extremities)

The large and fine stuffed and mounted barn owl (Tyto alba) specimen*, poised in a resting position upon an English classically carved limestone architectural capital fragment depicting acanthus with traces of paint, the whole a sculptural concoction surviving from the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.

“Glory dwelt in that city and its ruin was the most dread of all the sacks of cities upon the face of Earth, boulders were loosened by the tremors of the ground and falling crushed many, and fumes were in the air so that their torches and lanterns went and a confusion of masonry where the ward-towers have fallen in ruin.”

Excerpt From: J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Fall of Gondolin”

*Provided with A10 certificate No 224279/16 – issued 20th March 2000.