Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Darker Forest

What began as cottage industry catering to wealthy Victorian tourists in the Swiss town of Brienz in the early 1800's, Black Forest wood carvings escalated to a highly respected and sought after art form being exhibited in many great international exhibitions in the late 19th and early 20th century.

While the style is undeniably the inspiration for many new products in home decor as well as the driving force behind many an artisan, it's difficult to find a central resource on the web. That being said, I am more than happy to showcase some of our favorite carvings to save you the surfing. Enjoy.


Mandi Louise said...

what makes these things even MORE awesome is the functionality of many of the pieces.

Fox buffing his boot is actually a whip hook, small figurines had hidden seams and came apart to reveal containers for tobacco, ink, or whatever else needed a decorative place to reside.

Amazing to me that even the most detailed and decorative piece can serve a very practical purpose!

Gothic Rose Antiques said...

Love these fantasy carvings and your blog! Found you thru Full Moon Industries... I used to have one of these black forest carved chandeliers, a funny little man with horned legs, looked like he was flying..so sorry I sold it some years back..
Happy Holidays!