Luxury Design, Past & Present
A Black Forest Umbrella Stand
The long haired terrier, having glass eyes, stands on his hind legs, clasping an elliptical annulus constructed from twigs, standing on a conforming base which incorporates a zinc lined drip pan.
Probably Brienz, Swiss, Circa 1890
Dimensions: H: 32 in / 81 cm W: 17.5 in / 44.5 cm D: 15 in / 38.5 cm
Arenski, Daniels and Daniels 'Swiss Carvings, the Art of the Black Forest', published by the Antique Collectors Club in 2005, illustrates a very similar statue, made by Fuchs Melcior of Brienz, on pp 113.
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.