A set of three Black Forest carved lindenwood wall panels  attributed to Johann Huggler of Brienz late 19th century

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Lot 181W
A set of three Black Forest carved lindenwood wall panels
attributed to Johann Huggler of Brienz
late 19th century

Sold for US$ 35,000 inc. premium

The Elegant Home

15 Nov 2016, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

A set of three Black Forest carved lindenwood wall panels
attributed to Johann Huggler of Brienz
late 19th century
each approximately 42 x 22in (107 x 56cm)

Footnotes

  • A very similar panel, signed J. Huggler, sold Gorringes, Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables, June 21, 2016, lot 159.

    Since the 19th century, the Swiss town of Brienz has been home to some of the best carvers in the 'Black Forest' tradition and is typically thought of as the origin of the wood carving style. After a famine in the early 19th century, a resident of the farming community of Brienz, Christian Fischer, turned to wood carving for the tourist trade as a way to recover and supplement income. The small cottage industry flourished with Grand Tour travelers buying up items from trinkets to large scale animal models. Queen Victoria after her visit to the region, built and furnished a Swiss chalet at Osbourne House with her purchases.

    Johann Huggler (1834-1912) of Brienz was a renowned carver and was very highly regarded within the trade, becoming known as the "king of carvers." Taught by his father, Kaspar (who had previously worked for Christian Fischer), Huggler became an informal spokesperson for the carvers, and eventually convinced the Schnitzlerschule school to participate in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Huggler specialized in heroic figures such as knights in armor, but his personal love of hunting and shooting led him to produce works in this theme, such as the present carving.

    The Huggler wood carving company still exists today, celebrating its 115th birthday last year.
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