This is an Awesome BEAR TOBACCO JAR MUSIC BOX Black Forest Figural Wood Carved circa 1950. This tobacco jar music box. Is dark brown in color, with some decorative color accents, (photographed in natural light, the photos appear lighter than actual color). Is well modeled in deep relief with very good carving and detail.
Depicts a seated bear carved in Black Forest style. Has an expressive face, a mouth with teeth, glass paperweight style eyes, ears straight up. Has a custom top, the head lifts open, and is fitted to the body; the base container, with a brass hinge, is the body of the bear with four outstretched paws; the base is hollowed out as a tobacco jar. Has a Thorens MUSIC BOX built into the base, which is activated by a string attached to the top; when the lid is opened the music box is activated- it plays There is No Place Like Home and Way Down Upon the Swanee River. The music box has been serviced, cleaned and oiled, and it works.
Once the lid is closed the two songs stop after being played through. Has a round plinth elevated base with three small rounded feet; the underside has the winder key and access panel to the music box.Tall x 5.5 In. Wide x 6.5 In.
The estimated date is circa 1950. The BEAR TOBACCO JAR MUSIC BOX Black Forest 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.Photos have been taken in indirect sunlight, reflections and lighting spots and shadows that may appear as irregularities do not necessarily indicate defects and are not necessarily chips, cracks, or discoloration. In the 1800s the wood carving industry of Switzerland started in the town of Brienz. By the end of the 1800s 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 collectors homes (usually Victorian world travelers). Please bookmark this work; Listing Category and List Price are subject to change.The age quoted is an estimate based on form, design, research, and Sellers collecting experience. If you see something wrong in a listing, please send me a message and let me know and I will address the situation accordingly. The item "Rare BEAR TOBACCO JAR MUSIC BOX Black Forest Figural Wood Carved Humidor c.
1950" is in sale since Thursday, July 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes".The seller is "fleurman" and is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.