You've followed us for a while, you know how much I love hand carved wood antiques, and particularly the old Animalier & Fruits of the Hunt themed carvings from the Swiss carvers (I'm nearly half Swiss and pretty new - Dad was 1st generation, but I digress). The Black Forest art, often more realistic than the animals themselves, almost, just thrill me! I've got fabulous carvings in both homes and, given more walls, I'd have even more. I never tire of seeing them. This pair of super anatomical studies, entirely hand carved, are being offered together as a pair, just as I bought them recently in France. They're a very unique size, just 17" high, will be perfect to flank a big beautiful old BF clock, perhaps, or mirror above a fireplace? These are the perfect accent in anything from a cabin to lodge, to Country French or English manor decor. I've even seen them work beautifully in a slightly eclectic modern interior. It's the art, the sculpture of them and the perfection of the animal they represent, isn't it. The "fruits of the hunt" isn't about just hunters, you know - it's a genre that descends from the old Flemish paintings which are more a prayer of thanksgiving for the day's bountiful delivery of food to the family. Look these over in our photos, see if you've got the perfect spot for this set before I find it in my houses. I love that rabbit in particular!
Very good to excellent condition throughout, with just the small flaws noted with an 'x' in the photos for your review: one horn on the ibex is missing, the tip of the other is also. The hare is perfect but for a very tight-line old ole repair of one front leg which is very hard to even see. There are tiny chips on the little knot trim edge ornaments, small, but the bottom of the one plaque is missing about half of its "knot", as noted. We've shown them from all angles. They're quite unique in that the animals here are carved in nearly full relief, and just beautifully crafted. Backing plaques are ready to hang. Full measurements are noted directly on the photos.
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