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 fabulous 19th century Animalier carving, large in size, of a mountain goat. Wonderful as it stands, could also be made into a fabulous sculpture on a lamp plinth with shade (so simple to do!). The anatomical artistry tells us this was the work of a Master. We have no signature to tell us which one, however. The old Swiss carvers amaze me!
Very good to excellent for age and type. I've marked a "x" at 2 legs where clean repaired breaks were restored long ago. That's all I can find by way of flaw to note. There are no chips to report. Amazing to me that the slender fragile horns and ears remain undamaged. It stands 11.5" tall, oval base is 9.5" x 5".
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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