H: 16.5 in / 41 cm
A Pair of Black Forest Coat Hooks
Attributed to the Trauffer Family
Carved from solid Lindenwood, the whimsical fox with his plumed hat and the rabbit dressed in Alpine hunter’s garb, each having two horns acting as functional coat hooks.
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.
Trauffer, F. Peter. Holzschnitzerei (Wood Carving), catalogue published in Luzern, fig. 2093. Illustrating a related fox.