PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910

PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910

PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Wooden Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910. This is a rare and very collectible PAIR of MAN and WOMAN Carved Antique Wooden Nutcrackers. From the Early 20th Century. Each rare nutcracker of this pair.

Is hand carved and well modeled in deep relief with very good carving and detail, and is dark brown in color. Depicts a well modeled form with a very expressive face. Stands on a raised plinth base being square with beveled corners.

Has the original paper label from carver Bernard Ruef. The carving on this pair is exceptional- the faces are very lifelike.

The man has a beard, wears a toboggan cap, jacket, breeches, and boots; his hands are hands in his pockets. The lady wears a kerchief bonnet, long dress, shoes; her hands are buried under her long apron. Dimensions (each): 7.2 In. Tall x 3.0 In. Wide x 4.0 In.

The estimated date is circa 1910. This PAIR MAN & WOMAN Antique Wooden Nutcrackers. Is in very good condition. Condition status includes minimal normal wear and rubbing.

Overall, this work is sound, having no chips, cracks, or major defects, and having had no apparent repairs or restorations. Please see all photos which are a part of this description. Please note that this item is photographed in natural light, the photos appear lighter than actual color; shadows that may appear as irregularities are not necessarily chips, cracks, or discoloration. This PAIR MAN & WOMAN Antique Wooden Nutcrackers dates back to the 1910's. A paper label under the bases indicate that each piece was Sculpted by Bernard Ruef.

Ruef was the name of a family of Swiss carvers who had established shop in Brienz, in the Bernese Orberland in 1869. The family eventually moved to the Mont D'or, a thermal station in the Auvergne region of France, to which the grandfather Adolf used to visit before eventually electing to move there and setting up shop between the two wars. Mont d'Or had one of the first ski lifts in France and the next generation shifted their business to the sale of skis. These particular pieces are hand carved nutcrackers in the best Black Forest tradition.

The proportions are very good and the rendition most realistic. The craftsman managed to capture the attitudes of the subjects. Pieces such as this are commonly described as coming from the Black Forest, a mountainous area of Germany.

But these wood carvings were actually made in Switzerland, in the region of Brienz and they were made for the. Ts visiting these parts by the locals. By 1951 these popular objects were all the rage at the London Universal Exhibition. 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 in Switzerland and Germany. Swiss wood carvers became world renowned and featured at many international exhibitions. 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 collections and elite collector's homes (usually Victorian world travelers). Please bookmark this work; Listing Category and List Price are subject to change. If you see something wrong in a listing, please send me a message and let me know and I will address the situation accordingly.
PAIR MAN & WOMAN CARVED NUTCRACKERS Antique Swiss Black Forest Bernard Ruef 1910


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