Fantastic Oak Wood Gun Cabinet with Antler Decoration ca. 1900
Item e5720

An antique Black Forest oak wood cabinet. Richly decorated with several antlers from the stag and fallow deer, wild boar tusks, turned horn ends and figural handcarved horn roses. Front side glazed. Inside mounts for 6 rifles. Germany, manufactued ca. 1900.

At the beginning of the 19th century the European nobility discovered antler furnishings for their hunting castles and countryseats. The furniture was either manufactured completely from e.g. stag antler, or it was decorated with antler pieces from the stag, deer, fallow deer and others to get a hunting desing. A famous example was the interior design of "Jagdschloss Platte" (hunting castle platte) of count William of Nassau near Wiesbaden, Germany in 1825.

Antler furniture have been one of the popular novelties of the great exhibition of the industries of all nations in London in 1851. A new lifestlye trend was born and the ambitious European middle-class generated a fabulous upswing. On of the first designers to be mentioned is the German ivory carver and furniture manufacturer H. F. C. Rampendahl who gained enthusiastic successes on several world exhibitions with his antler furniture. In the aftermath one began to manufacture antler furniture in series.

Width: 39.37" (100 cm)
Height: 94.49" (240 cm)
Depth: 21.65" (55 cm)

Literature Reference:
Sabine Spindler, Antler Furniture 1825-1925, Munich 2006
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