A marvelous antler vanity with mirror and a ring tray. It was made of wood, veneered with horn pieces, deer antlers and a chamois horn. Executed ca. 1840. (veneer partly restored).
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: 7.87" (20 cm)
Height: 10.63" (27 cm)