A really interesting 19th century Black Forest wall plaque, hunt theme, in that it is carved like smaller match or spill holders and yet it's a full 20.75" tall on the wall. Beautifully conceived and crafted, the hunter's pouch is large, open, and is overlain with a splendid cock pheasant which is lifeline and without but a chip or two. The long tail feathers are immaculate, as is the beak. He misses one foot, though, and a very tip of the under feather of a wing. The hunter's pouch is fabulous on this one, fringed and belted and overhung with the gun powder pouch and another powder horn below or perhaps hunt horn. The plaque has no loss, and it just displays beautifully. I suspect it was used for spills (rolled paper or slender wood splits) near a fireplace. Spills were used to transfer fire between perhaps fireplace and stove, candles, and were always at the ready in pre-matches era. You might wish to store your pipe or cigars in this one. Or just display it as the beautiful hunt themed piece of carver's art it truly is. A full 3/D on that pheasant and deep bas relief on the rest, it's superb!
Very good to excellent condition throughout. Very little loss at all on this fine mid-1800s carving. It has one leg chipped off, missing a foot, and there is another .5" long slender edge chip to one feather of one wing. Nothing by way of woodworm, nor cracks or breaks in the backing from shrinkage. One of the more beautiful subjects, you ask me. These do not celebrate the killing of animals and birds, by the way, but are in the aesthetic of the much earlier Northern European artworks that are also still life and represent a prayer of gratitude for the day's meal, the feast and the humility of living off the bounty of simple living, too. Other measurements are noted on the photos.
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