Learn about Taxidermy

Taxidermy is the art of mounting or reproducing animals for display or study and in the past the word has been associated with large gloomy Victorian houses filled with stuffed animals. However in recent years, taxidermy has emerged from the shadows as a collecting area in its own right and in the United Kingdom there are now dealers who deal only in taxidermy. In Victorian times, taxidermists performed a valuable service, bringing wildlife into homes and allowing the inhabitants to see real birds and mammals at close quarters. They could also create trophies to provide mementoes of a good day's fishing or hunting. The value of taxidermy specimens is enhanced by the presence of an original label detailing when and where the specimen was obtained and by a trade label of the taxidermist, the most sought after being Rowland Ward of London. In assessing a taxidermied specimen, the potential buyer should carefully study the colours and brightness of the specimen, the eyes, the detail of the groundwork, style and condition of the case and the rarity of the species. Worm or insect eaten specimens, fading, and other damage substantially reduce the value of taxidermied items.

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Early 20th Century Leopard pelt, on Regimental red felt backing, most likely for a Raj Officer, label is removed but for Van Ingen & Van ingen, approx 192 cm long

A small crocodile skin with head, the skin with a taxidermic head and moving jaw. Length 98.5 cm

A lion skin rug (Panthera Leo), early 20th century, with cotton and brown felt backing with scalloped trim and a mounted head; acquired by the current vendor, a relative of the Younger family, as Lot 136 from the June 1981 Leonard Joel sale of the effects

A leopard skin rug (Panthera Pardus), early 20th century, with scalloped fabric trim to the edge of the skin and a mounted head. Length 206 cm. Width 137 cm

A kangaroo pelt rug, a patchwork rectangular floor rug, backed with brown felt with chevron edging and a pinking shear trim. Length 145 cm. Width 132 cm

A leopard skin rug, full taxidermy mounted head with glass eyes and open mouth, black felt backing showing border, 130 cm x 210 cm

A c.1930/1940 leopard skin rug, full taxidermy mounted head with glass eyes and open mouth, dark royal blue felt backing showing border, printed maker's logo 'TEXMARK No. 24 APRIL. '44', printed to reverse, condition good for age. Copy of C

A vintage leopard skin rug (Panthera Pardus). Early 20th century. The full pelt rug with taxidermic head with snarling expression, the skin mounted on black cotton fabric with black felt edging. Length 221 cm. Width 143 cm

Tasmanian possum skin rug C1910, with later fabric backing, 160 cm x 115 cm approx

A mounted taxidermy tiger skin and head, with, felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 190 cm

A mounted leopard skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 220 cm

A mounted zebra skin pelt, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Length 310 cm

A leopard skin rug with taxidermy head, early 20th century.

A leopard skin rug with taxidermy head (missing ears), felt backed, early 20th century. 184 cm long, 125 cm wide

A polar bear skin rug with taxidermy head on felt backing, early 20th century. 260 cm long, 200 cm wide.

An early 20th century wall mounted taxidermy leopard's head, the full head with glass eyes and porcelain teeth suspended upon a shield form wall mount covered with further leopard skin, open snarling mouth, the ears with some distress

Zebra skin, mounted on felt. Ex Desmond Barnes Collection, approx 300 cm x 161 cm

A Canadian grey Wolf (Canis Iupus) rug with mounted head, with felt back lining. Length 184 cm. Width 140 cm. Provenance: Purchased La Chasse Galerie, Quebec, with CITES document: Permit 13CA03494/CWHQ-1

A polar bear skin rug, with fully taxidermied head, 220 cm long, Nb: This Item requires a Cites certificate for export. This lot cannot be shipped to the USA or Territories

A possum skin rug on blue felt backing bearing label 'Manufacturing Furriers, J.Jackson & Sons, Tivoli Fur Store, Albert Square, Brisbane', early 20th century. 184 cm x 152 cm. Provenance: The rug was originally commissioned by the vendors mother during th

A rare Hermannsburg kangaroo skin rug, only two other examples of its kind have been recorded which now reside in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney & the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Original Hermannsberg Mission label on reverse and in excellent con

An Australian 49 pelt platypus skin rug. 132 x 155 cm. This rug was acquired by the vendor from John Bovill, now deceased, in 1997. The rug had been in Mr Bovill's family, residents of Tasmania, since the pelts were collected in the late 19th and early 20t

Zebra Hide 20th century full tanned skin. Provenance: accompanied by animal Health export certificate

Large exotic leopard taxidermied rug, approx 250 cm long

A zebra skin rug on velvet backing, 19th century (poor condition)

An unusual tiger skin cat skin rug with taxidermy head, 20th century. 218 x 140 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. Approximately 230 x 150 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. 167 x 153 cm

A leopard skin rug, early 20th century. 155 cm x 125 cm

A Black Bear skin rug with taxidermy head on a felt backing, early 20th century. 140 x 153 cm

An African Impala skin, Tanzania, mid 20th century. 120 x 110 cm