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$ 5,815

Black Forest Adjustable Book Rack with Carved Owls

Origin Switzerland
Period 19th Century
Materials Carved Wood
W. 21.5 in; H. 9 in; D. 7 in;
W. 54.61 cm; H. 22.86 cm; D. 17.78 cm;
Condition Excellent. Please contact dealer for condition report. . Wear consistent with age and use.
Creation Date circa 1890
Description A whimsical black forest book rack

Of adjustable form, constructed in carved Lime wood, having horned owls with glass eyes, set on the folding uprights, and carved with foliates.

Provenance: 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.

Arnold Ruef is noted as a specialist carver of owls in Brienz

Literature: ‘Swiss Carvings, The Art of the Black Forest’ by Arenski, Daniels and Daniels, published by The Antique Collectors Club 2004 for similar examples.
Styles / Movements Other
Dealer Reference Number 7701
Incollect Reference Number 247102
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