Object Description

This huge sculpture is constructed in walnut;- the two kneeling bears, naturalistically carved and having glass eyes support a large lily pad.

Object History

Brienz Area, Circa 1880

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.

Object Literature

Literature; ‘Swiss Carvings, The Art of the Black Forest’ by Arenski, Daniels and Daniels, published by The Antique Collectors Club 2004 for similar, but less important examples.

Object Condition

Excellent

Object Classification

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