This exceptional pair of large stone stags on pedestals have been from made from huge blocks of Italian limestone. The details and proportion of the stone work, executed by a master stone carver, is truly remarkable.
Our deer are situated in a lodged position, meaning they are laying down. Notice the realistic hair which has been carved around the neck. This is indicative of a European red deer, as many subspecies of this deer typically grow neck manes in the autumn. The eyes, nose and mouth of the deer have been expertly carved, giving the deer a semblance of life. Even the cloven hooves and the multi-pronged antlers show an appreciation for detail. Perhaps the most impressive feat is the way the carver portrayed the skeletal features, such as the knee joint in the bent leg and the spinal column and rib cage slightly protruding from the deer’s back and sides.
Each rests on top of a stone pedestal with rectangular panels that have canted corners. There is stepped molding on the plinth and the cornice. Carved in 3 separate sections, the pieces have been bonded together for easier transport and installation. The antlers are works of art in and of themselves, made from natural stone, shaped into a highly realistic organic forms. Small steel pegs allow them to be inserted and permanently bonded into the head of the deer upon final installation.
Place these lovely stone statues in a garden or at the base of set of stairs. Regardless of where they are placed, they will most certainly be a focal point of any outdoor display.
CONDITION: Very good condition, with natural nicks, and inclusions to stone. Limestone is a natural product, so patina will evolve depending on environmental surroundings.