This lovely couple of eagles comes from Brienz and dates from the 40s/50s. Swiss woodcarving is also called Swiss Black Forest in reference to the world-famous German craft industry. But sculpting wood is a centuries-old tradition in the Bernese Oberland and the heart of it is Brienz, a charming and very picturesque town not far from Interlaken where all the very old wooden chalets are true works of art with their fabulous carvings. Early carvers took advantage of the area's plentiful forests to create lots of interesting objects. But the real boost for this craft industry was tourism. About 190 years ago, around 1820, the first tourists arrived. And the people in Brienz, who had a really tough life before that, found out that they could sell products to them. Today, the only woodcarving school of Switzerland is still in Brienz. The pair of eagles we offer you here are quite nice: maybe not the finest in woodcarving but still very desirable bookends. We bought them at an antiques shop not far from Brienz. They are nicely heavy and measure 4⅞" high x 4" long and 3½" wide (12 x 10 x 9 cm). The color of the wood the eagles are resting on is not exactly the same although it is undoubtedly a pair, but it is not really disturbing as they should hold a row of books between them. They seem to be in excellent vintage condition and will ship Priority registered airmail for $14 in the countries neighboring Switzerland and $22 anywhere else in the world. If you like carved wood, don't let these birds fly away!
Genuine art deco treasures (porcelain, glass, jewelry & more) and obsolete diecast toys
Quality art deco - powder jars, figurines, half dolls, glass, costume jewelry - and diecast toys - Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox & more.