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"If you go down to the woods today....." a rare, late 19th /early 20th Century Blackforest carved (Musical) Bear

A superb and rare 19th/early 20th Century  Blackforest Carved Bear to form a smokers companion, the principal "father" Bear standing with stick in one paw the other holding aloft a shaped table top having carved decoration on which there are three further Bears (Cubs), two sitting atop boxes with hinged lids, one opening to reveal a mechanical musical accompaniement (the key operated movement being sited below) the third centrally located bear cub facing a central pressed brass cigarette ash tray, the "father" bear having open mouth bearing teeth with original colour pigmentation, his head is also hinged and opens to reveal a further storage (cigar?) holder/bowl, the whole in superb original condition, well carved and with great character, patina and colour throughout. Simply fabulous!!

Approx Size: Ht.28ins x W.18.5 ins x D.14ins (71cms x 47cms x 36cms)

Price £9800.00 


"Blackforest Carvings",  are often thought to originate  from Germany's Blackforest region but, in fact more commonly come  from Switzerland and particularly  from the popular Swiss resorts of Brienz, Lucerne and Interlaken where, in the 19th Century, talented wood Carvers and Craftsman gathered together to  form what was in effect a cottage industry, carving out all manner of wood figures including Stags, Dogs,  Birds and of course the ever popular Bears to satisfy the needs of the wealthy Victorians visiting and holidaying in the area. They were immensely successful and the carvings extremely popular.

Each carving is unique and  usually  carved from the trunks of the Linden or Walnut Tree. Some are signed by the carver and, as in the late 19th/early 20th century, originals of that time, if such can be found in good original order and condition, are seeing a resurgence in popularity and price.  

This example is unusual in itself as not only are their three individually, well carved bear cubs and an adult bear forming the "smokers companion" per se, it also 
has a musical accompaniment incorporated and displays the detailed work of the carver not only in relation to the individual characters of the bears but also in respect of other elements of decoration too. It's also complete without damage and has great colour, detail and patina throughout!!