A 'Black Forest' Bear Jardinière Possibly by Jacob Trauffer

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Object Description

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

Object Literature

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.

Object Condition

Excellent condition

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