Rare vintage carved wooden fairground carousel lion figure, in the style of Salvatore Cernigliaro. Salvatore 'Cherni' Cernigliaro was of Italian heritage and was the master-carver for the Dentzel family (Gustav and Wiliam of Philadelphia) in the 1920s/1930s. The lion figure was typically found on a 'Menagerie' carousel, featuring all kinds of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, giraffes, ostriches etc. Original 'Cherni' lion figures sell for $30-100k. Good condition and colour, with some shrinkage cracks - fantastic display piece.
Measures: 110cm tall x 150cm wide x 40cm deep