Antique Swiss Black Forest Dog Group Walter Mader


Smooth Coat St. Bernards

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    From our Black Forest collection, we are delighted to offer this rare Swiss Black Forest dog group. The group modelled as a smooth coat St. Bernard female with her three puppies. The group exceptionally carved with a fantastic patination featuring naturalistic details and each dog with original glass eyes. The larger dog fitted with a carved collar and rope tie which lays under the paws. We firmly attribute the group to renowned Black Forest wood carver Walter Mader due to the characteristics matching the Dog groups known to be carved by Mader. The Black Forest dog group dates to the late 19th century to the early 20th century circa 1900.


    Black Forest is a term used to describe the elaborate, realistic carvings of a vast array of wooden pieces such as clocks and animals. Our Black Forest collection at Jacksons Antique features varying objects of highly desirable carvings such as woodland animal Tobacco Jars. Our aim is to supply that breath taking piece of Black Forest to add that special edge to any collection or home.

    Commonly thought to originate from the Black Forest in Bavaria Germany, Black Forest carvings actually originate from Switzerland. The most recognisable Black Forest carvings are usually bears carved amongst different pieces such as hat stands, tables and whimsical figures.  Black Forest products can also be seen carved into other forest wildlife as well as clocks, music boxes and furniture although these are more uncommon making them highly desirable.

    Black Forest items are usually very easy to identify due to the wood, colour, and the subjects. Frequently the animals play instruments and can be incorporated into climbing trees, holding benches, or begging as part of the Black Forest furniture. Each of the pieces are usually carved from a linden or walnut tree trunk and unsigned. However, the earlier pieces can be seen to be signed by renowned carvers such as Johann Huggler and Ruef Brothers. For further information about Black Forest please see our article ‘A Well Carved Lesson’.

    Walter Mader and his son Heinrich of Brienz, Switzerland were best know for their life like dog carvings like the one above.  Often Dog carvings such as this one were retailed by Retailed by Ed Binder & Co. For similar dog groups see page 78 of “Swiss Carvings The Art of The Black Forest”.

    Antique a collectable object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its age and quality. Objects of this nature are generally considered antique at 100 plus years of age.

    Measurements 12cm High x 39.5cm Wide x 19cm Deep (4.72 x 15.55 x 7.48 Inches)

    Condition Very Good, some old repairs visible upon close inspection.

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