A very nice antique handcarved Black Forest sewing box or jewelry box with edelweis carvings and bird on the lid. The inside is covered with blue velvet. The item is a fine woodcarving from the area of Brienz in Switzerland. Very good condition with traces of use due to the old age. Comes with original key.
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.
artfour is an owner-managed trading company dealing in Black Forest woodcarvings, antler furniture and an impressive variety of unique decorative items. Our antiques are displayed in a 100 years old barn in southern Germany which we have remodeled ourselves. Antique pieces have been our passion since the 1980s. We ship worldwide, perfectly packed and with money back guarantee. This qualifies us as your preferred partner for Black Forest and antique art.
Width: 7.09" (18 cm)
Height: 9.06" (23 cm)
Depth: 4.33" (11 cm)