This is an antique Black Forest carving from Switzerland depicting two Ibexes perched upon an outcropping of boulders and tree trunks. It was made during the late 1800’s, at a time when Swiss wood carvers were world renowned for their amazing decorative wares. The “Black Forest” style describes wooden sculptures or carved replicas of nature’s bounty, incorporated into the design of household items. Antique Black Forest handicrafts exemplify Swiss folk art traditions and are seen in carved clock cases, hall trees, desks, picture frames, chairs and all variety of decorative objects and furnishings.
The black forest style is the accomplished carving and trained whittling of realistic tree branches and animals. Bears were arguably the most popular subject, but they also made eagles, ibexes, owls, dogs, and deer. This statue has been expertly carved with great proportion and detail. Notice the hundreds of tiny chisel markings depicting the coat of each ibex. The long backward curving horns are associated with the bigger males (these have been individually carved and pegged in.) The great ibex is synonymous with the high altitude mountains of Alpine Switzerland, and this quality antique carving is a wonderful example of late 19th century Black Forest woodworkers.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor rubs and wear. Horns are pegged and lightly glued for security.