SAINT ANNE

Firstly, I do not own this carving,secondly, I hope the person that does will not take offense with me for sharing it with you. It is an outstanding piece of work. Saint Anne, as you are likely aware, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus.The carving portrays the three equally as to quality of the carving and presentation. A number of things taken collectively combine to make this carving a truly beautiful piece of religious art. They are: -How often do you find religious carvings intact, they usually are lacking arms,hands etc.-How often do you find the poly-chrome/gilding intact.This carving has at least 95% .-The actual carving of the subject is also very important.Here, I would rate the workmanship as being exceptional. -I tend to like antiques to be big.This carving is 110cm( 44in) tall,therefore, it really makes its present known.-It has a good early age,ca 1520 (from Southern Germany).This was sold at auction in Paris, France for 28,000 euro($39,000.00) in 2012 and if you add the premium you are likely looking at over 40,000euro( $55,000.00 plus). As a final note, keep looking at pieces like this carving,what it will do is “improve your eye”.Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Featured Piece July 2013

                                           Norwegian Mangle Board
I have heard of numerous uses for the mangle board. A bed smoother, used for ironing clothes, as gifts. A lot of the more decorative boards were carved by men as ‘love tokens’ for their lady friends. It is said that the man would leave the board outside his sweethearts door at night and if it was gone in the morning he knew she was saying yes to his offer of marriage.

One of the boards in our inventory is  Norwegian and it is fairly rare because of the lion handle. It seems that the horse is the Swedish emblem while the lion is Norwegian. Here in Canada it would be the beaver or in the United states, the American eagle.

I have attached a picture of a Norwegian lady using a mangle board for ironing. They had a rolling pin and around it they would wrap tightly their laundry then roll it with the board.

The mangle board fits into the folk art category because of the chip carving and paint. There are some boards that are extremely well carved and this makes them rare and valuable. Hanging them on a wall adds a nice decorative touch to any room.

mangle-board

Featured Item May 2013

Every so often we come across a piece of furniture, glass, Mora clock or decorative item that we feel stands out above and beyond our already eclectic selection of interesting things. In the past we have quietly changed our sidebar image to showcase these items, pieces that you, our readers, might miss in the depths of our inventory section.
While it may not be every month, we will now endeavour to post a quick note on these pieces in our blog.in order to further highlight items we feel deserve to be on our front page. These pieces appear on the right-hand sidebar under ‘Featured Piece’
Our current “featured piece” is a carved wood gold decorated Swedish wall clock, it is signed “Hans Wesemann, Stockholm” Continue reading

Swedish Empire Mirror

In reference to the mirror below we are looking at “Swedish Empire”. The Swedish Empire period was, roughly, between the years 1810-1840. The style is characterized  by pomp and pageantry and is sometimes referred to as Imperial. The French Empire is often associated with Napoleon Bonaparte who was fond of ancient Rome and its attributes. Egyptian features with sphinxes, palettes, eagles and griffins were common as decor elements. Continue reading

Swedish Long Case Mora Clocks

What do we know about Mora clocks?A rare Swedish 19th c. hanging Mora wall clock.

Well, we know they were made, at least the clock works, in a town called Mora in the district or province of 19th c. Mora clock returned to original finish.Dalarna, Sweden. We know that they were made as early as the 18th century and that the shapes that are in demand now, the figure eight and the curvaceous female forms, were produced more in the early 19th century. It seems that each province in Sweden used roughly the same internal clock works and a similar set of patterns for their body types, but each came up with a somewhat different variation on the shape or form. While there was little deviation from the standard figure eight or female shapes, there were some that were very thin and tall (northern Sweden) and some wide and overly shapely. These beautiful clocks, quickly becoming a hot commodity on the market today, were sought after even more fervently in their own time.( CLOCKS TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT ARE “SOLD”). Continue reading

The Swedish Three Crowns

Swedish three crowns

Around the world Sweden is recognized by its three golden crowns on a background of blue.You will find it on a coat of arms, cuff links, clothing etc. Historians have searched for the origin and meaning of the three crowns.Researchers felt they were used by heathen gods and others felt they represented the three surrounding areas of the capital that had the right to participate in the election of the king. It came down to the three crowns were simply accepted to be the symbols of the Three Holy Kings who came to praise the birth of Christ. Continue reading