Large Carved Bull and Cattle Group by Johann Huggler, Brienz ca. 1870
Item e6426

A rare group of naturalistically carved cattles - bull and female cattle - standing on a shaped wooden plinth. Carvend by Johann Huggler around 1870 in Brienz, Switzerland. The muscular animals are carved in lindenwood and have been finished with realistic details. The plinth itself is slightly domed at the center and bears elements like rock's, trunk and plants. Carved signature 'J. Huggler Brienz' on the base. A great addition to a traditional decor in your home or an office setting. They perfectly can be displayed on a desk or vitrin. They are in very good condition. Please contact us for a detailed condition report.

The tradition of wood carving in Brienz dates back to mid of the 19th century.  People in the region were looking for new employment opportunities. They used their skills from traditional crafts, carving everyday objects and sculptures, and  created a new business. Many woodcarvers where trained in the 'School of Wood Carving, Brienz' which was established in 1884. Around 1900 the woodcarving industry counted ca. 2000 woodcarvers. Brienz woodcarvings were presented on several worlds fairs with great success. With the Gran Tour Tourism wealthy people from all over the word visited the area and took their woodcarving souvenirs home. Today some companies, like 'Huggler Holzbildhauerei' still exist and build traditional sculptures.

Length: 7.87" (20 cm)
Width: 16.54" (42 cm)
Height: 10.43" (26.5 cm)

Literature Reference:
Peter F. Blackman, Black Forest Woodcarvings, Atglen 2009
Jay Arenski, Simon and Michael Daniels, Swiss Carvings - The Art of the Black Forest 1820 - 1940, Woodbridge 2005
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