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Painted Olive Wood Collapsible Bench, Interlaken, Switzerland, 1900's
We are offering a painted olive wood collapsible bench or shelf, from Interlaken, Switzerland, in the 1900's that is beautifully painted with violets. Although the souvenir is from Switzerland, the item was crafted in Provence, France around 1900. At that time a cottage industry existed in Provence which repurposed olive wood from old olive trees into wonderful hand painted souvenirs. The bench top is about 10 inches long and about 5 "½ inches wide. When the legs are folded it is about 3/4 inch thick. When the legs are unfolded, it stands about 4 inches tall. This is a very striking piece of folk art. Look at the photos carefully and you will notice the well done rendering of two pink violet blossoms along with a violet leaf. In the upper left corner the name "Interlaken" has been added as a nod to the souvenir status of this item. The whole piece has been top-coated with a layer of varnish that has protected the painting over the years and adds a marvelous tactile quality to the wood. This bench is a beauty that would look terrific on display on your bookshelf, or could be used set up as a display stand for some other treasures that you might have. If you ever wondered what happens to old olive trees when they die, here is your answer. They continue to live on in beautifully crafted items such as this. Notice that we also have other items available made as souvenirs from olive wood.
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Ken and Joan Drews
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