Truly an exceptional piece in the collection, this magnificent 19th century St. Hubertus Red Stag hunting trophy originated from the Eckartsau castle of Emperor Franz Joseph in the Southern Austrian Alps.
Eckartsau was a favorite hunting schloss of the Habsburg family. The hand-carved replacement plaque includes an exquisite crucifix of Christ on the cross, meant to be in honor of St. Hubertus (also known as Hubert), the 7th century patron saint of hunters.
This Black Forest style carved plaque has then been painted in the Italian polychrome technique by an artisan in Italy who uses this old world gilding technique. Also attached is the original Fürst-Pless hunt Horn and wappen of Baden. The Fürst-Pless-Horn was named in 1880 by Hans Heinrich XI., Prince of Pless, the Colonel Jägermeister under the Emperors Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II.
This plaque for this piece measures 29 inches long and 19.5 inches wide. The crucifix measures 21 inches long and 12.5 inches wide. The antlers have a spread of 47 inches and a depth of 27 inches from tip to wall. The total height of this piece is 55 inches.
Part of The European Hunt collection, this collection of antique hunting trophies from German and Austrian royalty and houses of nobility has been examined and appraised by James Supp of Coronado Trading Co., who is best known for his work with the PBS production "Antiques Roadshow." Laurier Blanc was proud to be involved in the donation of the relic of St. Hubertus to the esteemed International Order of St. Hubertus in 2015, one of only three surviving remaining relics of this saint in the world.
All pieces in this collection have been examined and appraised and come with a Certificate of Authenticity document.