This highly detailed hunting trophy was hand-carved in France by a master craftsman, circa 1830. The oval plaque with shaped edges is made from fruitwood and commemorates a successful hunt, depicting a captured hare and pheasant.
The hare is displayed hanging upside-down by its hind legs in what is called tenderstretch. This technique has been used for centuries to store game, as it ensures that the meat remains tender. Similarly, the pheasant is shown hanging by its beak. Both animals have been delicately chiseled to give the appearance of fur and feathers. They are exceptionally large and deep carvings for the size of the plaque.
Beneath the animals is a foliate display that sits on top of the flat diapered background. The background also has been embellished with scrolled lines and stylized reeds. There are also a few leaves that have been carved into the background in the bas-relief style.
Although, appearing to be possibly Black Forest, we believe our plaque to pre-date this movement, and is to be considered a French trophy carving.
Our plaque has been rigged for hanging. Place this beautiful early 19th century French trophy carving on the wall of a game room, office or country kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor losses and traces of old wood worm. Curvature to back panel. A wing of the pheasant has been repaired due to an age separation. Nice patina