Swiss Black Forest Tantalus Decanter Music Box

  • This playful Swiss Black Forest tantalus brandy decanter set features a bear with a basket
  • This tantalus set can also operate as a music box
  • A glass brandy bottle and six matching cordial glasses complete the set
  • Emerging in the early 19th century Swiss Black Forest carvings quickly became world-renowned
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This playful Swiss Black Forest tantalus brandy decanter set features a bear with a basket fastened to its back. A glass brandy bottle rests inside the bear's basket, with small protruding prongs offering a rack for six matching cordial glasses. This tantalus set can also operate as a music box. 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.

Circa 1910.

Carved wooden holder: 12 1/2" high x 8 1/2" wide x 9" deep
Glass bottle: 8 1/2" high x 3" wide x 3" deep
Cups: 3 1/4" high x 1 5/8" wide x 1 5/8" deep
Swiss Black Forest Tantalus Decanter Music Box
Period: 20th Century
Type: Cave à Liqueur/Tantalus
Depth: 9.0 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Height: 12.5 Inches
Swiss Black Forest Tantalus Decanter Music Box
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