A wonderful carved panel depicting a charming interior scene with an old man, and a young man tending a fire, while the cat perches on a chair trying to keep warm. On the left side, a man driving hogs to the market, a task traditionally done in winter. Carved from the solid, in original paint, and dated in paint “1605” just above the cat. The panel is now displayed in a well-crafted 19th c. hinged box with glass top, but removes easily. On the reverse of the case is an 1940 typed note describing the carving, and on the reverse of the panel is carved, “This is dated in two places, 1605. One is scratched on the Timber, above the left hand of the Old Man, the other is Painted above the Cat. It was known from good authority to have been for some years in the possession of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patricks Dub.“
Holland or Germany, 1605. Panel: 9 1/2” x 15”. Case: 11 1/2’ X 17"