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 one of those rare-to-find "Fruits of the Hunt" game plaques. Large at 25+" x 16" and 3" depth of carved animals, it has the ever-appealing oak leaves and acorn trim on the beautifully shaped back board of the plaque, as well as accenting the hanging game (a chamois goat) and fowl (game hen). The hunters hanging rifle and game bag can also be found. An exceptional plaque from mid-late 1800s.
Good to very good condition for age and type, with a few imperfections to keep the price about half what it might otherwise be. Things to note: The backing board is jointed, 2 boards joined a little off center. At that joint, it has aged and pulled apart but then also been re-glued at some point over the years. You can see that line from backside best (photos) but also visible at top and bottom of the plaque. There was originally a leaf cluster at top and bottom of the plaque, both of which have been broken off and filed down to an arched curve. Looks nice hanging, but I wanted to point that out. Also visible from backside, a few very old and tiny wood worm holes showing it was infested at some point (most old wood out of France in particular shows this, and manufacturers mimic it in new furniture in order to increase the appeal). No active infestation at all, and only the holes you see. Nothing is spongy or bad. And last, one horn and one half ear have gone missing on our Chamois buck. A few imperfections to hold down the price on this one.
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