Swiss Black Forest Bear Tantalus Decanter

  • This bear-shaped carving holds a brandy bottle and six small cordial glasses
  • The Swiss Black Forest wood carving industry emerged in the early 19th century with high acclaim
  • This playful design features a barrel-toting bear with a walking stick in hand
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This playful Swiss Black Forest tantalus brandy decanter set takes the shape of a barrel-toting bear with a walking stick. The creative design allows the etched glass brandy bottle to rest inside the bear's barrel backpack, with small protruding prongs offering a rack for six matching cordial glasses. The carved work showcases the incredible skill of the Swiss Black Forest wood artisans.

The wood carving industry of Switzerland emerged in the early 19th century, and Swiss Black Forest carvings quickly became world-renowned for their quality and craftsmanship. Black Forest carvings were spotlighted at several international exhibitions, including the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, and these delightful carvings remain in high demand.

Carved wooden holder: 9 3/4" high x 8 1/4" wide x 7 3/4" deep
Glass bottle: 8 1/2" high x 3 1/4" wide x 3 1/4" deep
Cups: 3" high x 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/4" deep
Swiss Black Forest Bear Tantalus Decanter
Period: 19th Century
Type: Other
Depth: 7.75 Inches
Width: 8.25 Inches
Height: 9.75 Inches
Swiss Black Forest Bear Tantalus Decanter
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