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 superb large double inkwell desk stand that is made so you can also adapt it to a desk lamp by simply adding the stem and parts (see hole drilled in back, extension). It would be superb if turned back into a lamp, of course, but it's also wonderful just as you see it, a large-sized desk tray, double inkwell. The large carving of a buck mountain sheep is majestic. Two nicely preserved crystal inkwells without chips or damage, but you can see that there is a chip or two on the raised lip into which the inkwells fit. They fit nicely and are held firm as shown, a perfect fit. The added pair of quail or small grouse birds bottom front is just all the more fun, and all of it will tempt you, even in spite of the old old worm wood holes you see across the ram in particular, here or there otherwise. A fabulous item.
Very good to excellent for age and type. There is not any active infestation, but you will notice evidence of it having once been infested. Also, by way of flaw I'll note that one of his horns (and maybe both) is a restoration. Almost never get these old ones with horns/antlers intact so it's not surprising. It came to me from France just as you see it and not a bit of shipping damage en route, so those horns are firmly done. As well as a note that not even a tiny bit of wood dust dislodged from any holes en route so there truly is not any infestation ongoing. These are all treated long long ago. But the evidence of the old infestation is there in abundance on this one. Look him over. Measurements on the photos.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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