Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale this very rare suite of seven 1934 dated hand carved wall sconces depicting Norwegian fairy tales by Asbjornsen & Moe
A very rare and collectable set, they have sat unused for many years, each carved front single pieces of solid hardwood, most likely elm or oak
The back of one is documented as follows
HAND CARVED 1934 OSLO NORWAY, ASBJORNSEN 4 MOE FAIRY TALES, THIS IS ONE OF SEVEN LAMPS
We have cleaned waxed and polished them, they have normal patina marks and condition appropriate for the age. They are being solid with all the original fittings however I can have them fully rewired and new bayonet fittings fitted in gold or chrome for a fee should the new owner wish
Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask
Asbjørnsen and Moe
Asbjørnsen, a teacher, and Moe, a minister, had been friends for about 15 years when in 1841 they published the first volume of folktales – the collection of which had been an interest of both for some years.
The work’s popularity is partly attributable to Norway’s newly won partial independence, and the wave of nationalism that swept the country in the 19th century; and the Norwegian written language they contributed to developing (i.e., what would become Bokmål).
The language of their publication of the fairy tales struck a balance in that, while it did not preserve their original dialect form in its entirety, it did import certain non-Danish features from it (dialect words and certain syntactic constructions).
Asbjørnsen and Moe were inspired by the German folktale collectors, the Brothers Grimm, not merely to emulate their methodology, but drawing encouragement by it, their endeavor was a work of national importance, especially as the Grimms openly gave high praise for the Norske folkeeventyr.
Asbjørnsen and Moe applied the principles espoused by the Grimms, for instance, using a simple linguistic style in place of dialects, while maintaining the original form of the stories. Moreover, Asbjørnsen and Moe did not publish collected folktales in the raw, but created “retold” versions, seeking to reconstruct the lost Urform of the tales—although the alterations performed were not as drastic as the Grimms sometimes allowed license for themselves.
The Norwegian pair also collected tales from the field themselves, in contrast to the Grimms.
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Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text
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Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again
Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition
Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed
Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade