This beautiful sculpture has been carved from solid French oak during the latter half of the 19th century. The style is that of Black Forest, with realistic depictions of branches, leaves, grapes, and more. Originally a French clock, most of the timing mechanisms have long been removed. The elaborate carving depicts a man harvesting wine grapes on rocky terrain dotted with vegetation. Our gatherer, who is clad in an overcoat and large brimmed hat, is carrying a hod (hotte in French) full of freshly picked grapes. A large wooden bucket overflowing with additional grapes can be seen on the ground, in front of a wooden wine barrel. The barrel, which also served as the clock face, has a grapevine running up its side and along the top. Our 19th century sculpture of a man harvesting wine grapes has fantastic hand-carved details and a wonderful patina. Place it on a fireplace mantel or any table as a stunning decorative element.
CONDITION: Originally a highly decorative clock, most of the timing mechanisms have been removed. Good antique condition with minor separations and losses. Please see photos for details.