An wooden carved Black Forest deer head. Carved in Baroque style around 1900. It features a real deer horn trophy and is mounted on a wooden and plaster plaque with numphs and putto. A great individual piece which enhances every wall decoration. Good condition with some abreasions and partly paint restaurations.
A special way to present hunting trophies is to attach them to carved animal heads. This tradition exists since the Middle Ages. Even after intensive investigations, it is not yet possible to explain exactly how this happened. The carved heads are often colored and mounted on cartouches that are also carved and painted. They follow a naturalistic representation and one could think that in this way they are symbolically brought back from the abstraction of dead antlers into liveliness. Famous artists to be named are Madl in Ichenhausen, Germany and Heissl in Ebensee, Austria. Around 1900, the antler collection at the Palace of Arco-Zinneberg was an epitome for any lover of this art.
artfour is an owner-managed trading company that sells Black Forest wood carvings, antler furniture and an impressive variety of unique decorative items. Our antiques are on display in a century-old barn in southern Germany, which we renovated ourselves. Antiques have been our passion since the 1980s. We ship worldwide, perfectly packaged and with a money back guarantee. This allows us to be your preferred partner for the Black Forest and ancient art.
Width: 11.02" (28 cm)
Height: 19.69" (50 cm)
Depth: 8.27" (21 cm)