Wonderful large antique Victorian era Black Forest 27.5" tall hand carved wall plaque with delightful "Fruits of the Hunt" themed figures including huge hare or rabbit, two game birds, rifle, vines & foliage and all depicted hung as if fresh from the hunt! These old Black Forest wall plaques really are exquisite and make remarkable wall hunt decorative accents. We just love them and they have a following, making them hard to keep in inventory though we try. This one came to us from France, likely carved from linden wood with a darker finish or stain. The rear plaque a carved panel with the entire array of figures and hunting accoutrement carved from one solid block of wood. Amazing!
If you've followed us for a while you know I'm a big fan of the old hand carved "Black Forest" items that come to us from 19th century Switzerland, Germany, parts of France and Italy, where they pleased the Grand Tour tourists and still please us all today. These hand carved treasures range from whimsical small bears to large and elaborate mantel clocks, wall clocks, wall plaques showing the most awesome anatomical studies of stag, fowl, "fruits of the hunt". I've got more to list so look through the vast collection. I've just used quite a few piece in our own 2nd home decoration , Rocky Mountains location, and love the look as well as the heritage since my own ancestors hail from that region and others. The pieces work well in Country Manor, French Country, Ski Lodge or Hunt Lodge and even in a den or office. Everything from a pocket watch case to huge plaques - from needle and thread holders to cigar caddy - these decorative objects survive today a testament to the artisan's craft of carving wood.
Very good condition. A few small chips the the points on the outer plaque and to the figures but in overall fine condition given age, etc.. Some wear to the darker brown stain or finish, visible in the images. Finally, both ears on the hare figure have been broken off, the outer one a carved restoration. No bug/worm holes that I can see. See pictures for all measurements.