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Our parish that just received a gift of a 40 inch tall, full round statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. There are no markings. We strongly believe it was made in the early 1970's in the Oberammergau area. We are trying to learn as much as we possibly can about this beautiful work of art. Do you have any suggestions as to next steps? Do you have an idea which artist/shop could have produced it?

Thanks in advance, Paul

Paul,   Beautiful many talented carvers in Bavaria that i cannot possibly assign an artist to the carving.  please contact josef albl.  this family has been carving in Oberammergau for centuries and may be familiar with the shop it came from.  Please examine the carving again.  Usually a carving of this quality will have a makers mark somewhere on the rear of the carving, perhaps partially hidden.  Thanks for the question.

Woodcarving Josef Albl
Verlegergasse 12 - shop and Workroom - Tel.: 0049 - 8822 - 945185
Telefon: 0049 - 88 22 - 945185
Fax: + 0049 - 88 22 - 15 07


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I AM NOT AN APPRAISER and will reject most questions of this sort.....I am am passionate woodcarver and historian, I place no weight on monetary value. I can answer most questions, regarding, wood sculpture, wood carving, carving tools and accessories and different types of woods. I am not an appraiser of carvings nor an antique dealer. Most carvings are unsigned and otherwise anonymous and most carvers were independent artists and craftsmen of whom no records were kept. It is usually not possible to tell you who carved it, where it was carved or how much it is worth.


I do full design work, custom carving, restoration, fabrication, repair and refinishing. I can take a piece of raw wood and turn it into a work of art and I can help you do the same. I am "the" carving instructor for the new york city parks dept. I am heavily involved in carving on the internet and belong to many, many mail lists which are quite active. I am also an international promoter of woodcarving and am affiliated with many master carvers, notably nora hall, originally from holland, now in the U.S. and kalina pavlova, a bulgarian master carver. I routinely communicate with the top names in professional woodcarving nationally and internationally.

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