Best of the best! This pair of hand carved Swiss Black Forest candle holders or epergne stands are truly remarkable works of carver's sculpture. Animalier artist for the anatomical masterpiece of the birds and also the fruit and fauna that comprise the exceptionally fine composition, entirely hand carved in wood. These are from my personal collection, on display in my home for decades. None finer! They each stand approximately 9" tall and have a base that is sturdy at approximately 7" x 5".
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Circa 1850-70s, give or take 10 years, I have no signature but they are certainly the work of a Master carver. Evocative of Grinling Gibbons and the northern European carvers in mastery. Still life of nature, and hardly a flaw to note. A few tiny tip of leaves lost, as is almost always the case, but wings, beaks, fruit - all fabulous. Truly, no set is finer than these! I've been dealing a very long time, and collecting. Swiss carvers are my ancestral DNA and I'm drawn to these. I will forever regret selling this pair, I'm sure. Downsizing.
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