We love turning these larger epergne stands into accent lamps. I have them in both homes and everyone loves them. Easy to do. Drill down through and then in from side of the bottom back so you can drop the wiring right down through the opening. The top of the carved stand is shaped like a deep candle holder and it is simple to fit a lamp kit into it. Add a shade of your choice, and there you have it - a superb side table lamp, one of a kind. This is why we buy these. Though you might be fine just resting a candle in there and let it go at that. This one is a lovely old hand carved Black Forest carved epergne stand (tall flute of glass would have been originally there in the top) and it would have been one of a pair, likely flanking a matching mantel clock. That's the typical way these were used in their time, which for these would have been late 1800s. Entirely hand carved of a single piece of wood, this one has remarkably fine anatomical accuracy on the cock and hen game birds you see, as well as on the leaves and stump they're worked into. Would be a gorgeous lamp!
Very good for age and type. You can see the few flaws: beak of the cock game bird has been chipped. Needs to be carved a bit to look right. Or one can also reshape the tip of beak with wood filler and stain it to match. We'll leave the decision to our buyer. Often the case, most don't mind so much the flaws of the ages on these old wood items. No breaks on the carved legs, feet, or anything else on the birds. A couple of leaf tips gone, which is almost always the case. No evidence at all of wood worm on this one, which is a nice surprise since most have a few holes at least. The piece is substantial and 10.5" tall, base of 8" x 5.25" ovoid shape. Will be sturdy for a lamp should you choose to take on the project.
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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.
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