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(Above photo - Black Forest Standing Bear Statue Hand Carved Big )
If you are looking for a black forest carving to buy, you have come to the right place. In this write-up, we will give you a little bit of the history of the black forest carving. Defined by images of forest animals, forest trees, leaves, and branches, these carvings date back to the 1800s. These carvings were first made in the town of Brienz in Switzerland. By the end of the century, the carvings had become the industry’s driving force.
Soon, the world knew all about woodcarvers from Switzerland. These skilled group of people soon became a constant feature in a lot of international exhibitions. For example, the black forest carvings featured in exhibitions in London, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Paris.
(Above photo - Swiss Cuckoo Clock Hand Carved Black Forest )
Rich Europeans bought black forest carvings as a symbol of wealth and luxury. That’s why you are likely to find the finest black forest carvings in royal collections across the continent. Also, because they were well-traveled, Victorian elites also had this form of art in their homes. To make their carvings, the artists created images of dogs, bears, eagles, stags, and bears.
In recent years, it has become easier to find black forest carvings for sale by dealers and specialty auctions across the world. There are also several books, which have been published on the subject. In most of the contemporary auctions, sellers are attributing the pieces in-store to the original master carvers from Switzerland. Only that people often mistakenly think that the carvings were originally made in Germany. They forget it is in Switzerland that the carvings were first made.
Factors Affecting the Value of Black Forest Carvings
When you go out to buy black forest carvings, there are several things you may want to consider. It is these qualities that will determine whether you are dealing in a genuine black forest carving. Here are the factors that determine the value of black forest carvings, no matter where you find them.
(Above photo - Large Hand Carved Black Forest Howling Wolf Statue Dog Wolves )
Since black forest carvings are antiques, checking out their quality is the best possible action. As such, the quality of a black forest carving will vary from the lowest to the best possible level. However, it is not easy to find first-rate pieces of black forest carvings on the open market. That’s because people tend to buy them as soon as they appear.
To know if a black forest carving actually comes from the original collection, you need to check out for the carver’s signature. The best carvings are those signed by woodcarvers from the Huggle family. They tend to fetch very high prices on the market.
3. The Subject of the Black Forest Carving
(Above photo - Large Hand Carved Black Forest Owl Statue Hawk Birds of Prey )
Every black forest carving had a specific subject and was detailed in a certain way. Commonly, carvers produced carvings depicting bears. Thus, rare animals such as dogs may fetch 2 to 3 times at auctions than pieces featuring bears.
Due to the care that went into creating these carvings, these pieces of art have gradually been growing in popularity. That’s why you need to hurry and buy for yourself a black forest carving.
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