ANRI Figure: Lamplighter, Hand Carved and Hand Painted
Priced in Mexican Pesos. ANRI wood figurines are hand carved and painted in Tyrol as they have been for more than 100 years. (Tyrol is a western Austrian state in the Alps that’s known for its ski resorts, historic sites and folk traditions).
This one is a Lamplighter. 10" tall. Very good condition.
The History of ANRI:
In the late 19th century, Alois Riffeser traveled around Europe selling wood carved figurines, which were acquired from a small village in the Alps. Soon after, the ANRI Company emerged in 1912 with Josef Anton Riffeser at the helm. Being a prisoner of a war camp in the first World War, Riffeser began planning his empire...a company aimed at creating its own wood carvings, reminiscent of those found in the small Alps village. As the company grew throughout the years, it adopted a more industrial business model and began to take these beautiful pieces into new markets.
New artists came on board to create exquisitely designed carvings, bringing the ANRI Company to the forefront of the industry. The Riffeser family still runs the ANRI Company to this day.