A Black Forest Carved Horned Owl of Exceptional Size Attributable to Arnold Ruef of Brienz



Constructed of carved walnut, the lifelike figure with glass eyes, it’s head hinged, to reveal a hollowed interior container.
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

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