Black Forest Carvings

By mwilcox


Carvings of this type generally date from the last quarter of the 19th century (1875-1900) and are generally referred to as  "Black Carvings", after the fact that most of them were thought to have been produced in the Black Forest region in Germany. Black Forest carvings are more often than not actually Swiss in origin rather than German. Recent research indicates the bulk of it was made in the Swiss Town Of Brienz, where by 1910 some 1300 carvers were working in the vicinity to fill the demand of Victorian tourists taking in the Spas of Brienz, Luzern, Interlaken.

The Black Forest region of Europe is famous for its hand carved goods with some sideboards and cabinets featuring full sized carvings of mounted deer or wide boar heads and "Hunter's Clocks" depicting hunters, dogs and game. Black Forest pieces are generally covered with very dark finishes that often made them appear far older than they really are. Oak and walnut were the most favored wood types used, the laminated oak examples tend to date closer to the turn of the 19th century. This one, being a hall stand, is larger than most Black Forest pieces, examples like this routinely sell at auction for more than $4,500.00