ago I acquired this amazing relief carving from a private collector.
It was purported to be an Italian piece, but the
didn't know the artist, or age of the item.
I sent photos to some very special friends in Italy,
and Dr. Wolfgang Moroder, a descendant of the artist, responded:
"The Gypsy is very likely from Josef
Moroder, Lusenberg, and the initials can be
considered as a signature. Josef Moroder made
many relief's on wood,
the classical "pine" wood used in Val Gardena
which is very light and has a
characteristic aroma. It comes from
the pines growing above 1600 meters altitude."
Thank you, Dr. Moroder!
(Click for large images.)
Two letters carved into the barrel, or cask,
at the bottom left of the piece, are J and M.
The museum at Ortisei displays similar relief
by Josef Moroder,
but until now, I was not sure my gypsy relief
was his work.