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Pair: Antique Hand Carved Black Forest Pheasants, Epergne Stands with Crystal Flutes
If you've followed us for a while you know I'm a big fan of the old hand carved "Black Forest" items that come to us from 19th century Switzerland, Germany, parts of France and Italy, where they pleased the Grand Tour tourists and still please us all today. These hand carved treasures range from whimsical small bears to large and elaborate mantel clocks, wall clocks, wall plaques showing the most awesome anatomical studies of stag, fowl, "fruits of the hunt". I've got more to list so look through the vast collection. I've just used quite a few piece in our own 2nd home decoration , Rocky Mountains location, and love the look as well as the heritage since my own ancestors hail from that region and others. The pieces work well in Country Manor, French Country, Ski Lodge or Hunt Lodge and even in a den or office. Everything from a pocket watch case to huge plaques - from needle and thread holders to cigar caddy - these decorative objects survive today a testament to the artisan's craft of carving wood.
A fine pair of 19th century hand carved Black Forest pheasants that are epergne stands, complete with their old original cut and engraved crystal flutes. The pair stands 15" with the epergne in place and the carved base is 8.5" tall, so a nice sized pair for table or mantel.
Very good to excellent for age and type. There are a few little nips around the rims of the crystal flutes, commensurate with age. The amazing thing is that they are there at all, and that they remain a pair, complete. The beak of one pheasant is largely missing, and the other has a small chip on it. There might be a few chips to leaf tips, which are always vulnerable. The long tail feathers and slender legs are still intact, however. A wonderful pair, perfect for table or mantel. Cabin, French Country or English Manor decor - Ski lodge, or hunter's cabin, any would be perfect for these. You are buying a pair here, matching and c. 1860-1900. More measurements are noted on our photos.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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