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A Pair of Carved Black Forest Game Plaques

Dimensions: H: 31.5 in / 79 cm  |  W: 17 in / 43 cm

Description

Expertly carved in Lindenwood, the shaped plaques, carved with oak leaves, depicting a chamois, ibex, birds, and hunting accoutrements, hung as trophies.
Brienz area, Switzerland, Circa 1880
 

Provenance

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.
 

Literature

Blackman, Peter F. Black Forest Woodcarvings: The History of Swiss Brienzerware. Atglen, Pa: Schiffer Pub, 2009, pp. 231-233, showing related examples.
 

REF No. 8633

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