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Dummy Boards – SOLD

A pair of English late 17th /early 18th century polychrome painted pine DUMMY BOARDS


Depicting a lady and her suitor. Both figures dressed in 17th century attire, he serenading her with a lute. Each made from a single piece of wood with a ring for hanging.

  • Height: 46.5ins (18cm)

From the 17th century Dummy Boards or silent companions were used as a form of house decoration. Generally made by professional sign-painters and have their origins in the trompel’oeil or illusionistic style.  The flat cut-out figures resembling people and animals were placed in corners and on stairways to surprise visitors or in front of empty fireplaces in the summer.