Fine old c. 1880-1910 copy after the very early antique 1830-1850s Victorian era Black Forest hand carved cow groupings, this one is an 8.5" desk top thermometer stand with very unique pastoral themed cows, calf & herder figures and original thermometer on brass plaque mounting! For anyone who follows the decorating style of Tulsa's Charles Faudree (and I do!), you've seen his own rare Black Forest cows in several homes he's decorated over time. He's got a couple of decorator books out now, and he's always in the magazines we love to look through, from Veranda and Southern Accents to House Beautiful and I think he's even been in Architectural Digest, but not sure. But I digress - what I meant to say is that for years I've been looking at and admiring those wonderful old Black Forest cows. This piece a bit less 'majestic' but those are definitely little cow figures on that large carved base, possibly even a lamb or goat. Bells around the necks of the larger cows, the one in the upper left shown cleaning its hoof (rather unique positioning), another at rest and two smaller calves, one at a trough. A cattle herder at the upper right, standing next to the vertical thermometer panel and with reticulated tree branches & foliage above. A fabulous decorative accent, rare figures and sure to please! One of two similar pieces that we're listing today so, be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good condition. The original thermometer and plaque are free from any defects or repairs with just some tarnish visible on the brass. A few tiny nips to the wood here & there, the cows' horns are most evident (holes remain so the horns must have been small carved separate pieces inserted there, relatively easy to replace if you wish). The man or herder figure would likely have held a walking stick in his outstretched right hand. There is also a small visible hairline age or drying crack in the figural portion, just in front of the large resting cow (also visible on the back edge). The wood backing over the thermometer is a later replacement. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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