An early 20th century wooden carved bear humidor from Switzerland. This wooden carved Swiss humidor from the early 20th century features three bears climbing on a trunk. One of them stands on top while the others are around the trunk. Humidors are used to store cigars or tobacco and the top bear flips back to reveal the opening through which they are stored. The precise details we can see on the sculpture contribute to its naturalism. The wood has been carved with different tools to create different textures. The bear’s hair has been sculpted in several directions to evoke thickness. The rocks are smooth while the trunk is quite rough. The realism is also enhanced by the movements of the bear. Each has a different gesture and body position. The piece has been so well carved that when closed it is difficult to know that there is a lid in the first place, and it could easily stand on its own as a decorative object, even without the humidor aspect. Remarkable in its realism, this Swiss black forest carved humidor with bears circa 1900-1920 would be a stunning addition to any room, particularly a living room or den.
HEIGHT: 15.5 in. (39 cm)
DIAMETER: 9 in. (23 cm)