The elegant corbels come in many beautiful historical designs. The great variety makes it easy to match the corbels to any kitchen style. The Acanthus leaf corbel’s design derives from a Greek and Roman architectural ornamentation.
The Acanthus trees are found in the Greek Isles. Acanthus leaf is used in an ornamental way and inspired the architecture in the past as well as today. It has been said that a nymph Acantha who was beloved by Apollo, the sun god was the spirit of the acanthus tree. Upon her death, she turned into a “sun-loving tree” named Acanthus.
The Greeks were the first to incorporate the acanthus leaf into their design. The Romans followed by using acanthus, but their acanthus designs curled the leaf at the top. Acanthus was used as a popular design in the Medieval and Renaissance periods and is still a clear favorite today.
Our extensive wood carvings collection includes a large selection of hand-carved hardwood corbels measuring from 3-1/2 inches to over 26 inches high. Perfect for custom wood cabinetry, wall application, or as decorative elements for custom cabinets.
Wood corbels carved with Acanthus design are also perfect components to the wood mantel shelves: to enhance the dramatic effect, carved wood corbels may be utilized into the design by abutting them to the bottom of the wood mantel shelves.
The decorative uses for wood corbels are endless: use them to enhance shelves, kitchen hood, kitchen island, entryways, or to highlight any architectural elements in your home. If your intention is to use the corbel as a means of support, such as underneath a kitchen countertops, the depth of the corbel you choose must be at least 1/2 of the depth of the overhang which it will support. If you need to use wood corbels as a means to brace shelving, then you must choose a corbel that is at least 2/3 of the depth of the shelf which it will support, since the wood corbel will be the shelf’s sole means of support.