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Superb Large Black Forest Plaque, Stag with Antlers is a Hat or CropRack
If you've followed us for a while you know I'm a big fan of the old hand carved "Black Forest" items that come to us from 19th century Switzerland, Germany, parts of France and Italy, where they pleased the Grand Tour tourists and still please us all today. These hand carved treasures range from whimsical small bears to large and elaborate mantel clocks, wall clocks, wall plaques showing the most awesome anatomical studies of stag, fowl, "fruits of the hunt". I've got more to list so look through the vast collection. I've just used quite a few piece in our own 2nd home decoration , Rocky Mountains location, and love the look as well as the heritage since my own ancestors hail from that region and others. The pieces work well in Country Manor, French Country, Ski Lodge or Hunt Lodge and even in a den or office. Everything from a pocket watch case to huge plaques - from needle and thread holders to cigar caddy - these decorative objects survive today a testament to the artisan's craft of carving wood.
This one is a spectacular large wall plaque with oak leaves and a beautifully carved young buck - 2 point with real antlers mouted. There are 2 antler tip hooks and 2 wooden hooks. This would have likely been a crop hook or hat rack in its origin, but they're wonderful now just to decorate with. This one is 22" long, 14" high and 7" deep. Ready to hang and enjoy.
Very good to excellent condition. I see no cracks, no large chips though there is a roughness to the edges of a few leaves. The 2 antler hooks that are below the deer's head might be replacement for carved wood ones that would have matched the outer 2, but not sure. They look super with the piece. It's large and impressive, and in such great condition. Lots of photos. Look them over.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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