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A Black Forest Cattle Group

Dimensions: H: 12.5 in / 31 cm  |  W: 18.5 in / 47 cm  |  D: 14.5 in / 37 cm

Description

Carved in lindenwood, the naturalistically carved swiss cow, calf and bull stand on an elliptical base of grass and rocky outcrops surrounded by a branchwork plinth with carved oak leaves.
Brienz Area, 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

Arenski, Jay, Michael Daniels, and Simon Daniels. Swiss Carvings: The Art of the "Black Forest": 1820-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 2005;  pp. 83-85, for similar examples of smaller size.
 

REF No. 9655

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