A rare antique French hunting lark mirror dating from the early 1900s. The rustic folk art piece has been hand crafted and features a wooden double headed bird shaped piece of wood onto which mirrors and pieces of glass have been attached.
This hunting decoy would have been originally fixed on a wooden stake inserted into the ground and the bird shaped top would have string wrapped around the support below it. The hunter would hide away and gently start pulling the string. This would make the mirror bird turn around and reflect the sunlight. The curious skylarks would fly around and then come and investigate. Then the hunters would pounce... This practice has fortunately long been banned in France and these unusual objects are now collected purely for their decorative folk art value.
11.5" Long x 4" Tall x 2" Deep
(29 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm).
The wooden lark mirror is in very good antique condition with signs of age including some missing mirrors and wear to the silvering at the back of the glass mirrors.
Item Ref: Wooden Bird Hunting Lark Mirror, Antique French Rustic Folk Art
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