I'm unsure if that's a representation sculpture of Bacchus or of a forest gnome, suspect it's a forest sprite or elf since it's a Black Forest carved bracket shelf. I'm certain it's wonderful, however. A fine anatomical sketch of a creature that seems to be half forest, really. Isn't it great! This is a clock shelf, "bracket" shelf, but we love these in this size to mount in a bathroom and stack folded towels or hand towels on them. Great for Country French or Cabin decor, or just about anywhere that begs a unique personal touch. This one is 12.75" widest, and 9.5" top to bottom, 7.5" deep. Will be perfect for whatever you wish to show off above it. We've tried to show it well so you can made your decision on it.
Very good condition for age and type. Entirely hand carved, it has very slight imperfections of age and yet is really in quite remarkable shape for a 19th century carving. You can see that there is a joint in the wood that comprises the bevel-carved top shelf. That isn't a break, but is where 2 boards were joined originally, I think, to create the shelf. You can see it as a tight fine line across the front rounded lobe of the top shelf. A slight age/drying hairline also runs through one eye to his forehead. Again, not a break but a natural shrinkage line in the old wood. Perhaps a tip chipped on a leaf. Not really much at all to diminish the appeal or value.
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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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