An unusual and stylish Continental, probably black forest, hand carved figural nutcracker and bowl dating from the latter 19th century. The softwood carved nutcracker and bowl are mounted on a rectangular wooden base raised on four ball feet. The nutcracker is carved as a tall man wearing an apron and hat with his arms folded in front of him. He has carved facial features with his mouth hinged with a lever behind to crack the nuts. The base is also mounted with a small turned wood bowl for the shells. The nutcracker is not marked however has a brown stained finish and a good aged patina and is typical of the character pieces carved by the craftsfolk of the Black Forest in southern Germany.
Provenance: Acquired from the British Art Market.
In good condition with light wear associated with age and use.