Swiss Black Forest Walnut Golden Eagle Carving Ruef Brothers


Original Swiss Black Forest Carving Circa 1890

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    Huge Sized Carving

    From our Black Forest collection we are delighted to offer this large sized Swiss Black Forest Walnut Golden Eagle carving. The Golden Eagle beautifully carved with exceptional detail throughout perched upon a rocky outcrop with a rounded base. The eagle with menacing talons grasping into the rock while the eagle looks on into the distance about to take flight. The bird carved of walnut with blackened feathers, glass eyes and a large hooked beak. A fantastic example from world famous carvers in Switzerland and a beautiful centre piece for a room with a great talking point. The Golden Eagle dates to the late 19th century circa 1890. We have attributed this Golden Eagle to one of the Ruef Brothers due to the extremely close similarities to one found catalogued in the book ‘The Art of the Black Forest’.

    Literature See Swiss Carvings The Art of the ‘Black Forest’ 1820-1940, page 90, 131, ‘A life size walnut golden eagle perched on a rocky outcrop with outspread wings, c.1890. Notice the interesting coloration achieved by burning the wood. By one of the Ruef brothers. 42 1/2 in. (108cm) high.

    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 about Black Forest please see our article ‘A Well Carved Lesson‘.

    Measurements 64cm High x 58cm Wide x 58cm Deep  (25 x 23 x 23 inches)

    Condition Very Good condition, some old repairs to the wings and beak and some stress cracking in places. This is commonly seen with Black Forest pieces especially the larger carvings due to the environment causing expansion and contraction to the wood.

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