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.
Here we have a fabulous & rare antique Victorian to Edwardian era Black Forest hand carved double inkwell or inkstand with two delightful sheep or lamb figures, acorns & oak leaves and two beautiful electric blue glass inkwells with original carved wood caps! Isn't this one just as charming as can be! Two large, wonderfully detailed sheep, one lying down and the other taking a bite of the oak leaf hanging overhead. The base holds two very unique electric blue glass wells, complete with wooden caps and that little addition of color really is alluring. Impressive, the base, figures and center tree trunk are all carved from on large sold block of wood! Fine detail and wonderful decorative appeal. Very unique, don't miss it!
Very good to excellent condition. Possibly a tiny nip or two but, as you can see, there are no larger chips, cracks, breaks or repairs to note. The tree trunk has a hollowed top and would make a fine pen or quill holder. It could also hold a glass epergne perhaps or, convert it into a small desk lamp via that tree trunk...just add the hardware and you're set. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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