H: 46 in / 117 cm
A 'Black Forest' Bear Jardinière
Possibly by Jacob Trauffer
Constructed in a very well-patinated and carved lindenwood, the bear figure standing on an x-shaped outcrop, his right hand presenting a carved foliate tray, the left supporting a jardiniere above his head with carved cascading ferns decorating the rim. The face inset with naturalistic glass eyes and refined with monochromatic patination and highlights throughout.
Brienz area, circa 1890
A closely related version of this sculpture is illustrated in a catalogue published by the retailer “Meiringer Holzschnitzerei,” on the occasion of their 100th anniversary.
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. Illustrating several carvings known and documented by the Trauffers.