This wonderful little antique carved wooden cherub I am guessing is French, believe dates to the 18th century, and imagine came from a church or perhaps a piece of furniture. As I write this, Notre Dame is burning, so at the moment it looks to me rather sad, though yesterday I thought it looked quite beatific. I found it at the Wellesley, MA estate sale of artist Lois Gross Smiley (1925-2019), a prolific artist who came up with the Abstract Expressionists in NYC and lived most of her life there.
The surface of this piece is beautifully weathered to smoothness. On the back it appears it may have been sealed; it is hard and smooth, and there is a little hook attached for hanging. This is truly a lovely little thing. It measures 2 1/2” wide x 2 5/8” tall x 1 1/2” deep.