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Swiss 19th Century Whimsical Black Forest Owl Book RackSwiss 19th Century Whimsical Black Forest Owl Book RackSwiss 19th Century Whimsical Black Forest Owl Book Rack

A Whimsical Black Forest Book Rack, Probably by Arnold Ruef

Of adjustable form, constructed in carved Limewood, having horned owls with glass eyes, set on the folding uprights, and carved with foliates.
Brienz Area, Circa 1890

Brienz, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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
Arnold Ruef is noted as a specialist carver of owls in Brienz

ITEM ID
7701
COLOR
brown
DEPTH
7" (18 cm)
HEIGHT
9" (23 cm)
AGE
19th Century
THEME
Animal
WIDTH
21.5" (55 cm)
TYPE
Antique

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    Swiss 19th Century Whimsical Black Forest Owl Book Rack

    £4,250 GBP
    ~ $5,362