A Black Forest Smoker’s Table


Constructed in carved linden wood, the naturalistically carved tripod base issues a tree trunk, with a mother bear, as a tobacco pot with a hinged lid, climbing, to reach the pierced serpentine platform, with her cubs capping hinged lid containers.
Brienz, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Circa 1900


Brienz, in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland was remarked upon in Baedeker’s Travel Guide, as having a population of 2400, of whom 600 persons were employed as woodcarvers, to supply the tourist trade to Switzerland with mementos of the tour. A museum devoted entirely to the art of wood carving may be visited today.

Literature; ‘Swiss Carvings, The Art of the Black Forest’ by Arenski, Daniels and Daniels, published by The Antique Collectors Club 2004 shows a virtually identical piece on pp 122.

REF No. 8583

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