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Swiss 'Black Forest' Antler and Boar Tusk-Mounted Mirror, Early 20th Century

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A Swiss 'Black Forest' antler and boar tusk-mounted cartouche-form wall mirror mounted with a carved linden wood frame carved with hatch marks and adorned with a symmetrical application of Roe buck antlers with interspersed boar tusks. A central wooden carving of a roe buck adorns the top, while a carving of a doe decorates the bottom. Two carvings of mature stags decorate the left and right. Boar tusks are a popular European motif, appearing on coins, helmets, and various decorative items throughout history. The wood carving industry of Switzerland began in the town of Brienz in the 1800s where these carvings became a symbol of wealth and affluence. Intricately-carved benches, tables, and tablewares found their way into the homes of many elite and knowledgeable connoisseurs around the world. Spotlighted in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia as well as the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Black Forest became a world-renowned collector's category that still holds prominence today. During the Victorian Era, the popularity of depictions of wildlife in interior design grew rapidly as Black Forest wares became highly sought after in affluent homes. One of the most common examples of this desire for naturalistic decoration is the recurring inclusion of antler trophy mounts on the walls of sumptuous homes. When installed in large groups, these mounts create a striking visual that evokes the atmosphere of a Swiss chalet. Property from an East Coast Collector. With a clean, complete well-maintained appearance, structurally sound and ready to use. With general overall marks, nicks, surface scratches, tiny losses and repairs consistent with age and use. Some light surface scratches to the mirror plate. Otherwise good, decorative condition.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 3 ft. 7 in. x Dm 3 ft. 9 in.H 109.22 cm x Dm 113.03 cm
  • Diameter
    3 ft. 9 in. (113.03 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    SN00601966/003
  • Item Location
    1stdibs GalleryNew York, NYMore Information
  • Reference Number
    LU4595214396172
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