H: 26 in / 66 cm | Dia: 12 in / 30 cmDescription
The raptor stands on a rocky outcrop, naturalistically and finely carved in walnut, the sculptor having used poker work to highlight the feather markings; the glass eyes add an intensity to the stare.
Brienz Area, Circa 1880
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.
Literature; ‘Swiss Carvings, The Art of the Black Forest’ by Arenski, Daniels and Daniels, published by The Antique Collectors Club 2004 for similar examples.
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