H: 14 in / 36 cm | W: 16 in / 40 cmDescription
A Black Forest Animal Group
Possibly by Johann Huggler
Carved in lindenwood, the naturalistically carved swiss cow, bull and recumbent lamb on an elliptical base of grass and rocky outcrops surrounded by a branchwork plinth with carved leaves.
Brienz Area, Circa 1870
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, 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.
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