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.
This one is a fabulously ornate & large double inkwell desk stand. Wonderful just as you see it, a large-sized desk tray, double inkwell. The large carving of two pheasants or game birds over an egg filled nest at the rear center is actually the hinged lid to a stamps box below. Two nicely preserved crystal inkwells without chips or damage, but you can see that there is a chip or two to the vines/leaf tips on the carved inkwell caps. A fabulous item.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Some chipped leaf tips to the expansive carved base/stand and a few to the birds' heads (as seen in the images) but nothing like you might expect from a piece of this age. There is also a thin age/drying split visible from the bottom, middle of the right side. Wonderfully preserved and a fantastic desk or writing table top decorative accent! Measurements on the photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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