A large antique Black Forest baroque deer head. Carved in typical abstract style of the early 18th century. It is mounted on a garland-like wooden carved plaque depicting fruits and foliages and features a large real stag horn trophy. The head still has its original polycrome painted finish witch is partly restored. A great individual piece which enhances every wall decoration.
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.
Width: 30.31" (77 cm)
Height: 47.24" (120 cm)
Depth: 24.8" (63 cm)