H: 28.5 in / 72 cm | Dia: 25 in / 63.5 cmDescription
The naturalistically carved walnut group of an eagle, with glass eyes, stands aloft from its prey, a chamois with red tinted highlights, and stands on an elliptical plinth. Perhaps by the Rueff Brothers.
Brienz, Circa 1890
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 on pp 88-90