Painted plaque depicting ship on house wall

Here’s an interesting little plaque set into a wall and depicting an old ship in full sail. I suppose it could be classed as a form of pargetting, the traditional art of ornamental decoration using lime plaster. This would normally be found on the exterior of old houses in the east of England especially in the counties of Essex", Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

However, this is more of a painted sculptural plaque set into a frame in the wall and appears to be quite primitive both in its design and execution. I’m not convinced about painting it using the three primary colours; the bold, heavy modelling stands up for itself. That said, it does have a certain charm about it but would have been far nicer unpainted and then the viewer could discover it with a passing glance be quietly amused.

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