Figural wine bottle holder from Brienz, Switzerland circa mid-nineteenth century. The magnificent carved, bearded gentleman lays upon a cart and is contoured to allow a bottle to rest as he holds a twig-form collar and twig-saw to nestle the bottle. The rare holder is assembled with pegs and has working wooden wheels. Early Black Forest carvings of walnut and linden trunks, symbols of luxury and wealth, were featured in international exhibitions in London, Paris and the United States. Carving of a human figure, as well as it unusual form, make the holder an extraordinary example for the collector of wine-related antiques. 11" H., 5 3/4" W., 18 1/2" L.
Finely carved, stained wood nutcracker in the form of a bearded man with head cap. Handle opens his mouth to insert and crack a nutshell. Black Forest region circa 1880. 7 3/4" L.
Lovely carved oak 18th-century panels from a church in Lincolnshire, England in the East Midlands. Each panel depicts a deeply carved face with head drapery above carved, curving foliates. 3" W., 10 1/2" H. each