A charming black forest carved smokers table. Carved in Linden-wood and having an elaborately carved top with three seated bears, an ashtray and two hinged storage compartments. Raised on a naturalistic carved tree trunk stem with a climbing bear. The finely carved bears having glass eyes and a hinged head which opens to reveal a storage compartment presumably for tobacco. Probably produced in Interlaken Swiss circa 1880-1900
The wood carving industry of Switzerland originated in the picturesque town of Brienz. From humble beginnings of a cottage industry in the early 1800's it grew by the turn of the 20th century to become the industrial driving force of a whole community.By 1910 there were some 1300 carvers plying their trade in the community of Brienz.
The carving industry was driven by the tourist industry; Brienz, Interlaken and Luzern and other such resorts were in vogue with the wealthy Victorians.
Condition: This table is in excellent condition, a beautiful colour and patination. Unfortunately the upper seated bears have some losses.
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