c1880 Swiss Black Forest Carved Wood Trinket Cabinet


A beautiful, very finely carved large wooden Black Forest Trinket or Jewellery Cabinet, topped by a very naturalistic Cockerel, Hen and Chick.

The Trinket Cabinet dates to around the end of the 19th Century. It has a hinged lid that lifts open with the folding front side ladder retainer, which exposes 6 sliding circular receptacles, carved in varying geometrical shapes as a frieze, above a larger bottom box. The 6 receptacles and bottom of the cabinet are lined in a rich chocolate brown silk satin material. On the back is a vertical panel that is less deeply carved and attaches to the lid. Condition is good. There have been a few cracks to the frieze, but again, these have been sympathetically restored and this does not detract from the beauty of the piece. The cockerel has had a bit of restoration to the beak and crest.

"Black Forest" is a term used to describe the elaborate, realistic wood carvings that were thought to be made in the Black Forest region of Bavaria, Germany, but new research proves that the carvings were done in Switzerland, mostly by the Trauffer family. The different carvings are generally in the theme of forest animals and can be part of ornaments, tools, furniture and cuckoo clocks. The pieces are carved from a lime (linden) or walnut tree wood.

Size: 31.5 x 25 x 29 cm (12 3/8 x 9 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches)
Weight: 3013 g