This is definitely a rare piece of 19th century Black Forest wood carving. You can find boxes, clocks, and animal carvings but it is rare to find a picture frame like this! In the center is a curved beveled mirror and it is surrounded by seven oval picture frames each with a vintage family photograph. The frame is carved wood with a cat & nine tails motif and a definite Art Nouveau influence. The vintage photos are great showing a stylish woman with a large feathered hat, a mother with baby, and a child with a hoop among others. The detail in the carving is excellent showing only very minor wear for the age of the piece. It measures approximately 15 ½ inches at the widest point of the base and approximately 19 ½ inches tall and is in excellent condition. I can find only one very tiny insignificant flake on the end of one leaf that comes up from the inside back and is not visible. It retains a wood backing. This is a wonderful example of 19th century Bavarian wood carving and would make a rare addition to your collection.
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