In the spring of 2016 our studio was approached by a member of the art committee Zeist, requesting a quote for the Restoration of two zinc Red Deer images, located in the Zeister-forest, (Driebergen-Zeist, Holland.)
One deer image dates back to about 1848 and is a replica of a design by German sculptor C. D. Rauch (1777-1857).This first deer image was ealier owned by a mr. Schutz from Zeist, and was exhibited at the London World Exhibition in 1851. Then presumably purchased by one Willem Veder who had placed this sculpture for his home in Rotterdam (Westplein No. 11?) . One, presumably, family member and / or son of Willem Veder, Mr. Anton Veder built in 1916, in Zeist a country house, named “Djimat”, where were located, 2 Deer zinc sculptures .Who or when the 2nd deer sculpture is made, is not known.
In 1951, the widow, mrs. Veder-van Hoboken, donated this two sculptures to the municipality of Zeist. (and were also repaired and re-painted.
Beginning the year eighty, the 2 images have been refurbished by the public works department of the municipality of Zeist. The images were then sanded and / or sandblasted and painted again in brown-black “bronze” color. The loose joint parts and a leg portion are soldered. Then a solid concrete slab was poured around the deer. (Source: film public works) Then the deer images were placed in front of the forest-detached house in the Zeisterforst, on rock plateau’s, which were refurbished on site, however, the placement of the 2 deer has been done in accordance with the old arrangement, but the rocks are ” swapped “. (high versus low)Originally lay the Red deer with the half-stretched forehead on the high rock (left to the viewer) and the other deer on the low rock. (Source: Old postcard country house “Djimat”).
Since the eighties, these two Deer images, slowly but surely, have grown over with bushes and trees and have had, no maintenance anymore. As a result, they were in fairly bad condition in 2016.