Decorating for Christmas, German-Style
Every once in awhile we get to admire a piece of art that's truly outstanding, and this is one of them.
I guess you could say this carved wooden deer's head is literally outstanding, too. It stands out at least 2 or 3 feet into the room. That's why we were called in to hang it; the homeowner didn't want to hang a heavy and somewhat fragile sculpture like this on her own.
This is an antique carving from Germany, where instead of the standard stuffed-head taxidermy, the artist mounted real antlers onto a carved wooden head. I really love the effect, and it seems perfect for Christmas, when we're expecting eight tiny reindeer to touch down soon with Santa's sleigh.
So naturally I had to head over to The Met's website and indulge in some more German woodcarving. Warning: this will make you appreciate dark wood like you never have before.
In keeping with our Christmas theme, please admire these three little angel heads from the workshop of Ignaz Günther.
Look at those chubby cheeks!
In case you're wondering what to get me for Christmas, this charming (and no doubt priceless) St. George would do nicely, haha.
Or maybe you prefer St. Michael the Archangel? Look at the energy in this piece - it just whirls and swirls.
How about some color? I love this dear little Nativity. Each figure has its own definite character.
But I think I'll end this post with this extremely fashionable, nameless saint from the 15th century.
This was back when dressing up for church really meant something. I love the way she struts around.
I hope you've enjoyed this little art tour. And I hope that you and your loved ones have a "Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr."
And if you need help hanging that last piece of art before the Christmas party, give us a call. We love this stuff.
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