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Fine Antique Black Forest Hiking Bear is a 15.5" Tall Liqueur Tantalus, Stand: Decanter & 6 Cordials
Delightful & rare antique Victorian to Edwardian era Black Forest hand carved liqueur tantalus or stand, an upright hiking bear figure with black metal or glass bead eyes, intaglio etched decanter & six cordials with wonderful visual & decorative appeal! As you can see in the final photo, where this 'bar bear' is shown with another, this bear is about medium sized. At 15.5" tall with the decanter though, he's one impressive figure and the carving detail is fabulous - I just love the combination of lighter and darker wood finishes, too. Expressive face, black metal or glass bead eyes, a charming anatomical study. These were popular in the 1800s and we'd say this example is probably late 1800s from the carver's skill, fine detail. The glassware on these is usually always about the same size, roughly 8" tall decanters and 3" tall cups/cordials, these beautiful old pieces with wheel cut or etched decoration and the decanter with a heavy cut stopper. Hand painted accenting to the bear, nose, mouth, claws and fur. A lovely decorative piece and perfectly usable, adorable!
Very good condition. The carving is very fine, as you can see in our images. The bear and decanter holding pack on his back carved from a single block of wood, with only the base, walking stick and forked branches (that hold the cups) added. Imagine carving away everything that is NOT this bear! From the Animalier era, 1800s, and a spectacular find. Don't miss it. There is an old repair to the right side 'branch' over the bear's shoulder, where his paw holds the branch (you can see the break right where his black claws are). Another repaired break in the right foot area and a bit of age/drying splitting to the left foot/heel area and I think the walking stick is a replacement/restoration. Glassware is likely not the original set (though the decanter probably is judging from its shaping and fit into the basket holder). One glass/cordial has a small hairline crack extending down from the rim. Don't wait, though - he won't last! Too fine and unique! See pictures for all measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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