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.
The lighter wood coloration appeals to some, and is really quite rare to find. This set is truly fabulous, condition and carving. I find only a leaf tip missing on those long firn fronds, and nothing wrong with either of the near-life-sized birds. Even their beaks are still beaky and not chipped off which is true of most of these old birds. The stands are large enough to make over into a pair of lamps, by the way. We've done this in one of our homes with a pair of similar size and everyone loves the look. Or use them for candles - they're ready to go for that use. Each is entirely hand carved from a single piece of wood. Amazing craftsmanship evident throughout. Base is 6" x 5" oval and they stand 11" tall.
Very good to excellent as noted above, only a chip to tip of a long fern frond, not any damage to either of the birds. Extra large size make them perfect for candles at table or fireplace mantel, or to turn into lamps. You are buying 2 - a matching original pair. C. 1880-1900
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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