H: 39 in / 98 cm | W: 45 in / 113 cm | D: 20 in / 50 cmDescription
A Carved Black Forest Bench
Constructed in carved Lindenwood, the animalistic legs carved to represent hooves and hairy paw feet, supporting a naturalistically carved bench and back incorporating three bear cubs playing among the branches and foliage.
Brienz area, circa 1900
Brienz, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
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.
Arenski, Jay, Simon Daniels, and Michael Daniels. Swiss Carvings: The Art of the 'Black Forrest' 1820-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 2005, pp. 146-150 illustrating related examples.