Dressed up and taken from the Fables of Fontaine, or perhaps Aesop's Fables, the fox and hare you see so beautifully carved in this fine mid-1800s Black Forest thermometer stand are as charming as can be. Fox in cloak and his hat in hand approaches the hare in long robe and with pouch. You can fairly hear the conversation between them, they're so lifelike. One has a feeling the fox will be the one to make out best, don't you agree?
Very good condition for age and type, though it is not perfect. We call to your attention the upright and missing ear of the hare (the other ear is lying down across his one eye and is there in full), There is also a chip to the long tail of the fox and to each of his ears. The thermometer is unbroken, working fine and we see no other flaws to note. As rare as these old ones are, and with both fox and hare, even with the little losses, it's a personal favorite and on display in my kitchen now. RARE subject!
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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