Black Forest Dog Inkwell Pen Store


Modelled as a St. Bernard

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    From our Black Forest collection, we are delighted to offer a rare example Antique Swiss Black Forest Dog Inkwell with Pen Store. The Swiss Black Forest Dog is carved from Linden wood and is beautifully executed with a high attention to detail modelled as a St. Bernard with large floppy ears, vacant expression and barrel collar. The Dogs head hinges just above the collar and reveals a glass faceted inkwell fitted within the hollowed out centre. The Dog inkwell is finished with a rare pen store located in the barrel to the front. The Swiss Black Forest Dog Inkwell dates to the late 19th century circa 1890.

    Provenance Recently acquired from a private collection in the south of England.

    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 breathtaking 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 recogniseable 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 see our article “A well Carved Lesson.”

    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 15cm High x 14cm Wide x 11.5cm Deep ( 5.9 x 5.5 x 4.5 Inches)

    Condition Very Good antique condition

    With every purchase from Jacksons Antique, you will receive our latest product guide, full tracking information so you can monitor your shipment from start to finish and our personal no-hassle, money-back policy giving you that extra confidence when purchasing.

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