18. /19. CENTURY

18. / 19. century

The main theme in the nine small rooms on the first floor - the "museum in museum" - is wood carving.

In the first room, where the stairs lead up to the second floor, the original detailed furnishings from Franz Zell were removed during the renovations in 1984. The former collection of wooden toys: dolls, doll heads, merry-go-rounds, skittles games, jumping jacks, chess figures and much more can however be seen in a modern presentation.

In the second room is the begin of the largely authentically preserved presentation of the formerly highly successful and diverse Oberammergau toy production with numerous animals, wagons, carts and soldiers and also an interactive model of the conquest of the Austrian fortress Scharnitz by the French in 1805.

The third room is devoted to works in rococo style. In the original showcases are mainly pocket-watch stands, allegoric and mythological figures on display. The room is furnished with a model of the high altar created in 1762 by Franz Xaver Schmädl, two chairs and two commodes.

In the centre of the fourth room is a model of the Oktoberfest procession from 1835 in celebration on the silver wedding of King Ludwig I and Therese. On display in the showcases is a collection of religious and profane small-scale sculptures: toy coachmen, carters, stage-coachmen, hunters, farmers, and figures in traditional costume etc.

The three showcases opposite are reserved for unpainted fine woodcarvings. Noteworthy is not only the finely carved Last Supper, but also scenes with profound content: the hunt was often used as a theme for woodcarving - a wonderful example for this is the "Hunt on Kofel Mountain": on a 42 cm high mountain top are 15 hunters in traditional dress and 15 jumping or already slain chamois. Other elaborately carved figures depict courting couples, family scenes, shepherd scenes or even alpine pasture scenes. Articles of daily use such as paperweights, needle cases, small boxes, vase stands and caskets were also produced as fine carvings.

The next room is reproduction of a retailers living room. The painted doors, the built-in painted cupboard, the standing desk, the superb tiled stove - the bright, tasteful, colourfully painted interior of a woodcarving retailers room is the exact opposite of the simple, dark, plain woodcarvers room. The interior of the retailers living room was completely designed by Franz Zell, the interior decorations and furnishings were either bought from other houses or purpose-built. In the case of the woodcarvers room the wall and ceiling boarding, the bench, doors and cupboard, and the tiled stove all come from the house of the woodcarver Thomas Rendl (1838-1916).

In the adjoining room are painted religious woodcarvings, and objects made of wax, which were produced in Oberammergau until 1860, along with the moulds. An assortment of textile printing blocks can also be seen.

In the last room is the museum's extensive crucifix collection on display. In the showcases and on the walls the crosses are arranged to form patterns. From this last room of the historical ensemble one re-enters the gallery with the collection from the 20th century. Photo: Adam and Eve by Hyazinth Reiner (1790 - 1852). This only 10 cm high exhibit, although showing the passage of time, has not lost it's elegance. The small figures, probably inspired by a copper etching by Dürer, are carved of fruitwood and feature typical characteristics of this artist: the fine modelling of the body, the elaborately carved hair and the fine wisps of hair which fall on Eve's shoulder.

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