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.
Charming little Animalier era carving from the Masters of the Black Forest regions (Swiss) that shows remarkable skill in capturing the anatomical detail of the small bird (a sparrow, is it?) fluffing its feathers as it sits on a branch near an opened up stump. I'm sure this beautiful little carving would have been meant to hold a pipe or perhaps cheroot (small cigars, loosely rolled) in its time. It has no odor, however, and is cleaned and waxed and can be put to use on your dining table or as a guest soap holder in a bath - however you see it pleasing your aesthetic most.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. I can point out that one lobe of the stump, there in the backside, has a break that has been repaired at some point. Otherwise I find nothing by way of a chip or flaw to now. View the photos. The little darling is 4.5" high, base is 5" x 3.75" uneven oval in shape. Beautiful hand carved item, warm natural wood with original stain and patina. We've cleaned and waxed it for you.
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