When my sister, Antique-of-the-Week Susan, left LivingTastefully this year, I told her she needed to continue her December Christmas posts as a guest contributor. This is the first of several that will be appearing this month... ENJOY!
The Christmas season is here once again, so I thought I'd share some of my antique Christmas pieces this December that I've been fortunate to add to my collection.
This early German "Schwebeengel" is a relatively new find. (Schwebe, meaning suspended; Engel, meaning angel.) Schwebeengel were made in all sizes, but always with a hook on the back so they could be suspended from the ceiling at Christmastime. This example is made of papier-mache and is 10 1/2 inches long. Wings are spun glass with a mohair wig. It would have originally held metal trumpet.
These Schwebeengel are from a fanstastic museum display in Erzgebirge/Germany. They are all hand carved, ranging from three to four feet long, and carry elaborate baskets filled with greenery and/or candleholders. The Schwebeengel are slowly lowered from the ceiling accompanied by classical music, making for a breathtaking and emotional performance.