An outstanding hand carved large covered jar, most likely a tobacco or cigars jar in its time, this one remains remarkably unscathed by time. You'll note there is also a hollowed branch which would have been for matches. Dating mid to late 1800s, the Animalier era, it's a hunter's delight. Incredible detail to the surrounding fauna, and a fabulous bird (is that a cardinal?) which dwarfs the little cat carved as finial on the lid. Such a treasure! This is carved from one piece of wood. Imagine carving away everything that is not exactly what you see her, and having the talent and patience to do so. Those old Swiss carvers were true artists! Sculptors! This jar is huge, at 11" tall. The measurement at the base is 8" x 7", slightly off-round. Would be wonderful as a table centerpiece with a floral arrangement (please do not use water directly in the wooden jar), or even as a cookie jar. Fabulous piece, this!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. We found this one in France, which continues to let us appropriate their treasures now and then. I'll be back shopping in a few weeks. Won't soon find another item like this rare one, though. So nicely crafted, that bird is life-size. I can find only the tiniest flaws to note: the ears of the cat have been chipped away a little. Still identifiable as a cat, though. Oh, and one of the raised carved wood board of the lid is also chipped down a bit though not noticeable in place. Likewise one or two of the body of the jar's upper rim are possibly chipped from original height, but it looks perfectly fine as you see it. Old forest growth wood used, it is surprisingly heavy. No warp, lid fits perfectly.
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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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