H: 20 in / 50 cm | L: 28 in / 70 cm | D: 22.5 in / 57 cmDescription
A ‘Black Forest’ Bear
In naturalistically carved lindenwood, having glass eyes, head tilted aloft, prowls on all fours.
Brienz Area, Circa 1890
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 similar examplesREF No. 8936