This is more likely a French carved item than Black Forest, but with the addition of the oak leaves at base, it's certainly an item that will go well in your home if you like carved and beautiful old wood items. The wood portion is in fine form, beautifully preserved and with no chips or breaks in the carved ornamentation. The inclusion of fruits and leaves at bottom of the plaque, including both oak leaves and olive leaves or laurel leaf is ultra appealing, and is set off by the carved acanthus leaf motif of the top of this 14" high beauty. The thermometer is that red fluid-filled one type, a glass tube with snail-curled bottom, and is set on a backing of milk glass or opaline, one. There is a break to that backing at the bottom (see images) and a crack at the attachment pin at top, though not missing any glass there. Perhaps you'll want to replace the thermometer. A little while in freezer will bring that small patch of red fluid back into place with the rest (this sometimes happens in shipment) but it didn't get done ahead of photos.
Very good condition for age and type, it's a 19th century hand carved panel 14" long and 4.5" wide (plus carved leaves that extend beyond the body of the plaque). Measurements are noted on the photos, too. There is a mounting tab but it is missing the round ring, so you will need to attach a small wire or string loop to hang. The milk glass backing has some damage, noted above and for your review in our photos. No chips or cracks, losses on the carved wood plaque. Thermometer is also whole, but needs to be cooled in fridge or freezer to pull that small portion of red fluid back down to join the rest in order to be accurate. Just in from France. A fabulous decorator item!
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