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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A taxidermy unborn lion cub, late 19th century, 16 cm high, 30 cm long,

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

A taxidermy wall mounted leopard head bust, with felt Backing, mid 20th century. Height 37 cm

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 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 vintage full mount taxidermy leopard, standing in a snarling pose, mounted on a sculptured rock type base

A vintage lion skin rug, the male with mouth open showing tongue and teeth, most claws remain with a small patch of wear to the back. Length 290 cm from nose to end of tail, width 213 cm paw to paw

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

A taxidermied head of a leopard. 21 cm high, 32 cm wide, 22 cm deep

Lioness skull, mounted on shield board, Ex Des Barnes collection approx 25 cm x 20 cm x 27 cm. See photograph, taken 1960's

Large exotic leopard taxidermied rug, approx 250 cm long

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 Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. 161 x 110 cm

A Leopard skin, South African, early 20th century. 130 x 125 cm

A Bengal tiger skin rug with taxidermy head, early 20th century. An impressive 303 x 109 cm

A Lion skin floor rug, South African, early 20th century. 270 x 204 cm

A circular rug made from the pelts of 12 leopards 204 cm diameter

Victorian leopard skin rug circa 1900's, with mounted head and teeth, 2m long

Leopard skin, acquired in the 1960s Mt. Kenya, Kenya

Leopard skin, acquired in the 1960s Mt. Kenya, Kenya

Antique large Victorian tiger skull on wooden trophy stand, length 41 x 30 cm wide

An antique taxidermy tiger's head in a display case decorated with naturalistic foliage etc. (taxidermist's label to the rear: a pollard - Furrier & Naturalist, London)

Rare African 2.5m leopard skin rug, whiskers intact, never stepped on

Leopard skin by Rowland Ward mounted on a felt back. Length 230 cm

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