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Lionel Fernandes

  • Woodcarver
  • Nouaillé-Maupertuis, France
  • Rising Star
Lionel Fernandes Woodcarver
French, English, Portuguese
By appointment only
+33 749097101
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Creating, repairing and conserving

  • • Lionel is a multitalented craftsman
  • • His work ranges from restoration to creation
  • • He mixes cabinetmaking and ornamental sculpture

When asked about the first object he ever made, Lionel Fernandes remembers a slingshot and wooden bow made to play with his brother when he was no more than eight years old. Cabinetmaking and sculpting runs in the family, and it is no surprise that Lionel inherited his love of crafting, creating and imagining from his father and the ones before him. In every project, he makes the customer a central element of his creation or restoration project, he is a true collaborator and feeds off their vision. Ideas are brought to the table from both sides, decisions are made, and then the work can be executed with his masterful hand. He believes in the power of transmitting his knowledge as well as making himself an essential part of keeping his craft alive.

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Vierge à L’Enfant

This wooden sculpture by Lionel Fernandes is an iconographic representation in high relief of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms. The figure is standing on a base and sculpted from the waist up. The wood used is oak.

Length 18 cm
Width 5 cm
Height 30 cm

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Godewaersvelde coat of arms

Lionel Fernandes made this sculpture of the coat of arms for the town of Godewaersvelde and of the region of Flanders in France. The wood used is oak for the headband and basswood for the coat of arms. 24k gold and silver is used for the gilding.

Length 60 cm
Width 4.5 cm
Height 25 cm

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Grotesque anglaise

Lionel Fernandes was commissioned to restore of a medallion on a piece of furniture from the Flanders region of France. Here we can see a bas-relief sculpture of a grotesque-style face representing a man with a hat sculpted in the English style.

Length 15 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 2 cm

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