Is this a Bar Scene or a Bar Set? The Monk
is a beautifully carved figurine, but his head can't be removed.
Notice that there are two barrels sitting horizontally atop two that are
standing on end. Remove them and you'll find that one of them is
a cap lifter, and the other is a cork screw. So, you tell me, bar
scene or bar set?
The next most common ANRI Bar Set is what
we call the 'Monk On A Barrel.'
Once again, you can see the many differences in
the same piece. On the far right and left, you have the Monk with
the addition of a wine bottle, and a mug of beer. The heads of the
Monks are corkscrews, the bottle is a cap lifter, and the foam on the mugs
are cork bottle stoppers.
The middle Monk has a slot for a cap lifter, but
it is missing. There is no place for a mug on this piece. Each
face is different; each barrel, each bottle. It's also possible to
find this style with a music box.
And here's another completely different one that's
much more crudely carved.
ANRI is great with Monks, and incorporated them
in lots of things.
Both of these sets hold a corkscrew and a cap
lifter, but again, the difference in the Monks is striking.
Sitting or standing, with or without glasses,
(always one length of metal wire artistically twisted and curled into shape,)
hands clasped, folded, holding a wine glass or mug, the possibilities are
Sometimes they are on wooden stands and sometimes
they stand alone.
Become familiar with their faces, the many styles
of carving, and the painting technique ANRI artists used and you'll soon
find it easy to spot them.
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