Carved as a Recumbent St. Bernard
From our Back Forest collection, we are delighted to offer this Recumbent Swiss Black Forest Dog. Fine and rare Swiss Black Forest carved St. Bernard relaxed laying down with its head resting. The figure carved from a single piece of wood beautifully sculptured with a naturalistic look complete with glass eyes and collar. The dog content in its look happily lies down in comfort. The carving encapsulating the true look of a St. Bernard with flowing fur and beautifully carved paws, a very desirable and collectable carving from the so called ‘Black Forest’. The sculpture dating 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’.
Measurements | 10cm High x 43cm Wide x 16.5cm Deep
Condition | Good-Very Good, two old repairs one to the tail and one to the paw.