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Animals > Cat

1. 16C oak panel of a cat.

The Cat





The cat is an unusual animal to find in early woodcarving.  Because it could neither be trained nor completely controlled, the cat was considered to do the work of the devil and was commonly associated with witches.  On a practical level cats were highly valued mousers, useful for keeping the rat as well as the mouse population down, were eaten in times of famine and their fur used to trim ...read more

Introduction to Celia Jennings and www.early-carving.com

Celia Jennings has been a dealer in Kent since 1970, specializing in early European woodcarving. A typical stock includes religious and secular panels and corbels, bench ends, pew finials, Gothic tracery, roof bosses, figures of the saints and the less saintly, both polychrome and unpainted, angels, cherubs, putti, caryatids, and beasts from the real and mythical animal kingdoms.

Many of the reference books have been out of print for years, some are brand new; all are intended to increase the knowledge of collectors and dealers alike.

The Library section holds a series of articles on symbolism and imagery in carving written by Celia Jennings and illustrated with carvings she has at one time owned. More articles are forthcoming.

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