Rare Erzgebirge Ark
This is truly a lovely object and is highly collectable, especially in its untouched condition.
A rare example of a large 19th century Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark, with numerous large sized animals made from papier Mache, pony skin, fur, gutta-percha mostly with glass eyes. A completely untouched example with aged repairs to a few animals. All hand painted detail across both the ark and animals. Rare due to its size this artifact would typically have be played by children as a special treat on Sundays as these toys are of a biblical theme.
Size in inches of the ark: H 19” x W 32” x D 9” Animals H 7” x W 5” x D 2” to H 2.5” x W 3.5” x D 1.3”
Period: 1880 / 1900
Material: Pine ark / mixed natural material animals
Completely solid in structure and form, fading and wear across all the figures and ark. With aged repairs on the animals but this does not detract from them standing alone or their decorative quality. The ark is dated circa 1880 and a few animals made from gutta-percha would have been cleared in the early 20th Century. Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas in this piece, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment.
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