This beautiful little wooden jewelry or valuables box has been expertly carved and features the most unique decoration: a dog nursing her little puppies. The mother bird dog or hound dog and her two pups show wonderful movement, with one of her ears in mid air, and one puppy crawling over the over. They are resting on a stylized bed of foliage, with a short tree stump off to the side. The overall shape of the box itself is oval, and it is well decorated on all sides with repeating geometric and foliate motifs. The lid opens to reveal a clean, royal purple velvet lined interior. The box is resting on 4 wide, scrolled supports.
In 19th Century Europe, Black Forest carvings became a symbol of wealth and luxury. These pieces gained popularity in the middle 1800s, and the town of Brienz in particular, was a center for some of Switzerland’s best Black Forest carvers. The bear was the most common while the stag, eagle, boar and dog were considered more valuable, especially the dog. Black Forest pieces were shown at some of the most important fairs including London, Philadelphia, Paris, and Chicago.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. No Key