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Moor's head sign

LS 3644

Date : XVIIIe | Medium : Bracket: wrought iron, cut, embossed, riveted, contains a screwed ring. Sign: openwork and multi-coloured sheet iron


The Moor's head hanging from the bracket clearly reveals its purpose as the sign of an inn: it is surrounded by vine branches laden with heavy clusters. Could this perhaps be an invitation to consume coffee, which became fashionable in the eighteenth century?
The bracket with its large foliage is no doubt older than the sign it supports: the symmetry of the central motif dates it to early in the century. The jagged aspect of the leaves fashioned in thick plate corresponds to the work of the Rhineland regions.