A wonderful Swiss Black Forest linden wood carved bear seat. Having a well carved lattice work and fern naturalistic back support and seat, supported by beautifully carved Black Forest standing bears. The bears having beautifully carved faces with glass eyes and outstretched arms supporting the seat. Swiss probably Interlaken, being the centre of the Black Forrest carving industry between 1880-1920. Having a pencil inscription of July 1908 under the seat. Swiss circa 1908
The wood carving industry of Switzerland originated in the picturesque town of Brienz. It had grown by the turn of the 20th century to become the industrial driving force of a whole community. By 1910 there were many carvers plying their trade in the community of Brienz.
Tourism and woodcarving are the main activities. The Cantonal Woodcarving School established in 1862 is well-known and respected in the trade.
There are similar examples of this bench on pages 146-150 of "Swiss Carvings, The Art Of The Black Forest 1820-1940" By Simon and Michael Daniels.
Condition: This seat is in stunning condition, superb original colour and patination. Extremely minor shrinkage cracks to each bear. Waxed
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