Antique Black Forest Easel Mirror


This attractive Victorian Black Forest Easel Mirror is beautifully hand carved with a Vine Leaf & Grape design. The Carvers mark is on the back IV and the date 66. C1866

History of Black Forest. In the 1800’s the wood carving industry of Switzerland started in the town of Brienz. By the end of the 1800’s it had become the driving force for this industry. Swiss wood carvers became world renown and featured at many international exhibitions. Black Forest Carvings were spotlighted.

  • Great Exhibition, London (1851)
  • Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia (1876)
  • Chicago Worlds Fair, Chicago (1893)
  • Exposition Universelle, Paris (1900)

In Europe Black Forest carvings (wares) became a symbol of luxury and wealth. The finest pieces of Black Forest carving were often found in Royal collection and elite collector’s homes (usually Victorian world travellers).

During the 1800-1900’s popularity was also growing in many overseas markets. There was a high demand for these carving especially depicting American Wildlife.

This Mirror is of superior quality and remains in original condition, an absolutely wonderful piece of Black Forest History.

Dimensions: H: 34cm W: 26cm D: 2cm




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