A Very Large Black Forest Carving of a Bear
Constructed using linden wood, the animal naturalistically carved, and with coloured highlights and glass eyes.
Brienz, Circa 1890
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, Simon Daniels, and Michael Daniels. Swiss Carvings: The Art of the "Black Forest," 1820-1940. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Antique Collectors' Club, 2005; for similar examples.