For sale is a beautiful ornately chip-carved serving tray, likely Scottish and attributed to McIvor & Allan, Castleton, Caithness c.1902-1955.
- The tray is a good size with fine and sharp chip-carving throughout.
- It has two wooden handles as part of the raised gallery with three finger holes shaped within as handles.
- Beautifully sharp chip carved roundels and patterns including a border to the raised gallery sides
- Likely American Oak, stained to a rich colour in great condition
- Initials carved into trays central roundel possibly Mc.&.A in gothic style font.
- Attributed to McIvor & Allan (established c.1902 - 1955) were based in Castletown and produced exquisite and skilled examples of locally made wooden furniture and products with unique chip-carved designs that were of high quality and led to exports around the world linked with Caithness. They employed the chip carving technique, which had Indian / Arabic origins, which later became firmly established in Northern Europe and Scandinavia (as shown in some of our W&W Antiques Swedish Folk items). The chip carving technique gained significant popularity in the 19th century as a fashionable craze and was taken up by the leisured classes.
- McIvor & Allan were know for both their custom order designs and It is also noted that their items, were carved, sometimes with inlaid initials or other motifs as shown here with this example.
An item of great quality, ready for further decorative utility in a new home.
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