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.
A Victorian ornithological / Animalia, diorama, taxidermy, figure group, late 19th century, including Owls, Eagles, duck and various taxidermy, subjects housed in glass display case. Height 75 cm. Width 93 cm. Depth 30 cm
A Victorian ornithological / Animalia, diorama, taxidermy, figure group, late 19th century, including Owls, duck and various taxidermy subjects, housed in glass display case. Height 72 cm. Width 95 cm. Depth 26 cm
A taxidermy figure of a standing hedgehog, in original wall mounted glass sided cabinet with forest foliage and debris. Details on reverse. 'Caught at J. Forbes by T. Coutts, mounted by USP 1923. 45 cm x 26 cm x 39 cm
An antique bird diorama in a glass case, 19th to early 20th century, comprising approximately thirty Australian bird species including a lyrebird pair, frogmouth, various parrots, wading birds and others posed naturalistically upon branches in a mahogany f
An Australian taxidermy Bower bird and Regent Rifle bird under glass dome, 19th century. 48 cm high, 32 cm diameter. Note: This lot has been identified at the time of cataloguing as containing organic material which may be subject to restrictions regrading
A large multiple panel glazed tall ship diorama on stand, dated 1889, together with a photograph of the maker Mr. Crawford, 2nd prize winner at the Mechanics Institute, Hamilton, August 1889, 210 cm high, 138 cm wide, 45 cm deep
An unusual still life display of European game, the hung specimens comprising a male golden pheasant, a brown hare, a Eurasian woodcock, a male willow grouse in dark red phase & abrace of grey partridges, in a deep oval mahogany case Ht. 110 cm
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