You love hand carved Black Forest "Animalier" movement works. You love hunt themes and wildlife, dogs. This is one of the finest you'll see all year, and one of the most charming. A testament to the Master carvers of mid-1800s, Switzerland mostly, this box is made from one solid slab of wood, and a carver's blade and understanding of his craft. Removing all that is not this scene, the unsigned carver reveals the large hound on top trying to find hone in on the game bird crouched in front of the log. You see how the artist (carver) not only captures the nature of the scene, but the anatomical details and even the coat of dog and bird's plumage. These early ones are often true works of art, and this one certainly is. One looks for a signature on a box this fine. But I find none. The interior is as nice as is the box, itself, still lined with its hunter green velvet and not much nap lost to the ages. A moderately rusted steel piano hinge intact, along with the working lock with old skeleton key. This one comes to us out of France, by the way. A true work of art!
Very good condition for age and type. The flaws notable are that the tail of the dog is mostly missing and the game bird's head has been either broken off and regaled or is a carved restoration/replacement. Possibly a few tiny nips to leaf & log tips. Such tiny flaws in a hand carved wood box that's coming up on 200 years old doesn't bother me much. The box has a fine interior in fine condition - piano hinge and velvet liner both speak to the older age and high quality of this casket. There is a working lock and key. The carving is truly remarkable. Isn't it just magnificent!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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