Large Wooden 10" Dala Horse | Made by Nils Olsson, in Sweden
In the 17th century little wooden horses were sold at markets in small towns and villages in Dalarna, in central Sweden. A hundred years later wooden horses were carved by men working in the forests during long winter evenings and brought back to the village for the children to play with.
This is how the little wooden horse from Dalarna became a treasured object. These simple wooden horses were later painted in bright colours inspired by the flower patterns painted on furniture and walls in the region.
Today, Dala horses are highly collectible and as such, sought after by not just collectors but by those in search of a stylish yet fun piece to add to their home.
A fantastic piece - a large 10" tall, wooden Dala horse made by Nils Olsson, in Sweden. Incredibly this particular piece still has its original paper label on the base, which has helped us identify the manufacturer.
It's in great to excellent vintage condition, with just a small amount of surface wear. The colours are bright and shiny and the hand-painted design is just glorious.