This wonderful pair of Black Forest carvings with crystal vases are from Switzerland, in the late 19th century animalier movement. The animalier school was noted for representing animal subjects as figurative and anatomically correct.
You can tell from the detailed hand carvings that the wood was expertly modeled. Each base depicts a trio of chamois of various ages either standing or laying on uneven terrain covered with leaves and rocks. Chamois are goat or antelope-like members the bovid family that can be found in European mountain ranges. The stems of the carvings are stylized tree trunks with oak leaves spiraling off the wood.
The pair of Swiss Black Forest carvings are highly versatile, as they could be considered decorative art pieces, epergnes (table centerpieces), or candlesticks or lamps (with the vases removed).
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