Anri Wood Carved Figurines
Anri wood carved figurines are created by the Italian-based wood carving company, Anri.
History & Description
The company was founded by Anton Riffeser in 1912 in Val Gardena, St. Cristina, and has been producing world-class wood sculptures from precious woods for five generations.
Throughout the company’s history it has employed a number of famous sculptors and artists, such as Fini Martiner Moroder, Helmut Diller and Ulrich Bernadi. Perhaps the most celebrated is the Spanish artist, poet and author, Juan Ferrandiz Castells who worked for the company until his death in 1997. Many figurines are still made and painted by hand based on Castells’ original models.
In recent years, their figurines have become extremely collectible. This is due to the items’ unmistakably high quality. The company only uses wood which has a distinctive pattern, thus assuring that no two pieces are the same.
Guide for collectors
Anri wood carving figurines are frequently sold through both national auction houses and eBay. Records show that Nativity scenes – complete or partial – achieve the highest prices.
For more information, collectors should visit the following website; Anri Carvings, Anri-Wood Carvings and Alscher.
Notable auction sales
On May 1st 2008 at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, a carved and polychromed wood Montsalvat figural set realised a price of $2,200.
On December 4th 2010 at Bloomington Auction Gallery LLC in Bloomington, Illinois, a thirty-four piece carved wood Nativity set realised a price of $1,600.
On February 22nd 2012 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois, a partial Nativity set realised a price of $1,200.
On April 8th 2012, an eleven piece Nativity set, made by Juan Ferrandiz Castells, circa 1970s to 1980s, was sold on eBay for $999.99.
On April 28th 2012, a rare wood carving of Jesus Christ, made by Ulrich Bernadi, was sold on eBay for $595.