In 1800s the wood carving industry in Brienz, Switzerland, Black Forest region, launched on an international stage. Featured in many international expositions, including the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 and the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the wood carvings from the region quickly became luxury items highly coveted by wealthy Americans by the mid-1800s.
The quality of the Black Forest carvings were so precise and well-crafted, that European royals of the same period collected the carvings in the form of furnishings for their royal homes and collections. As popularity continued to grow in the United States, artists of the Black Forest region began designing carvings of North American animals that would capture the interest of this market. Popular Black Forest carvings included in bears, eagles, boars, dogs, and stags.
|Antique Black Forest region carved cabinet circa1920.|
Photo by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited.