A pair of elaborately carved wood table lamps in the Black Forest style popular in the late nineteenth century. Opposing pheasants are perched on rocky ground, against a trunk, foliage and pinecones, the figures on a similarly carved base and topped with rawhide shades. The deep carving, accurate detailing and composition lend to the highly realistic and sculptural elements of the lamps. The Black Forest style did not originate in the Black Forest area of Germany, as the name would suggest, but in Brienz, Switzerland. Traditional carvings have been crafted there since the early 19th century, usually from walnut and linden wood.
Dimensions: 15.5 x 8.25 x 8.25 in.
Date: 19th Century