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 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

Victorian cased diorama of a four Masted Frigate. 52 x 81 cm

A taxidermy Alexandria parrot in 19th century glass dome. 50 cm high

A large Australian bird diorama on stand, 19th century, 156 cm high, 103 cm wide, 30 cm high

An Australian bird diorama in a glazed cedar case, 19th century, 81 cm high, 62 cm wide, 22 cm deep

Antique diorama view of mill cottage and water wheel, in a simulated landscape, antique wooden framed case

A vintage taxidermy adult brown kiwi, standing on a circular ebonised plinth. Complete with display case, 46 x 43 cm

Two taxidermy bird displays in glass domes, 19th century. 43 cm & 31 cm

Victorian taxidermy bird diarama under a glass dome, 3 birds and an egg

A cedar cased clipper ship diorama, Australian, 19th century, 41 cm high, 62.5 cm wide, 32.5 cm deep

An unusual cedar cased ship and shoreline diorama, Australian, 19th century, 41 cm high, 97.5 cm wide, 23.5 cm deep

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

A framed nautical diorama with a masted ship, 19th century, 42 cm high, 71 cm wide

A gilt framed nautical diorama depicting a three masted ship, Australian, 19th century, 40 cm high, 45 cm wide

A pine relief carved diorama of a clipper ship in full sail, Australian, late 19th/20th century, 37 cm high, 51 cm wide

A small cased wooden tall ship diorama 'Stewart', late 19th/20th century, 20 cm high, 25.5 wide, 8.5 deep

Early glass dome containing taxidermied birds. 6 birds, including bird of Paradise. On wooden stand. Estate late Douglas Osborne Hawke. Height 85 cm. (total)

Small antique French diorama of a ship 'Marie' approx 14 cm high, 29 cm wide

A large Art Nouveau style glazed stoneware pot on stand, 20th century. 78 cm high

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)

Taxidermied fairy penguin in glass dome, late 19th century. Dome 46 cm

A large and impressive group of fourteen African taxidermy bee and pollen eater birds, housed in a vintage glass dome. Height 62 cm

Two taxidermy parrots, housed in a plastic dome. Height 30 cm

Taxidermy bird of paradise, together with three other birds housed in a vintage glass dome

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

A cased taxidermy Regent bird in original glass dome. Height 28 cm. Width 24 cm

Antique taxidermy display of birds in glazed cabinet, approx 27 cm high, 25 cm wide, 16 cm deep

Taxidermy cased white squirrel, approx 34 cm high, 27 cm wide, 9 cm deep

Cased taxidermy owl, approx 32 cm high, 20 cm wide, 18 cm deep

George Finey (1895-1987) untitled collage, shells, paint and cardboard on masonite. Signed verso. 30 x 33 cm., provenance: Estate of artist

Russian kamchatka bear full body mount in attacking standing pose mounted on solid American oak cabinet in naturalistic scene, 9 ft tall

A malachite cased mineral specimen collection in the form of a book, 4 cm high, 27 cm long, 20 cm wide

A large taxidermy Eurasian owl, displayed in a rimu framed glazed cabinet, black painted interior back, moss to the base, the owl perched upon a branch. Height of owl 62 cm. Cabinet dimensions 62 x 36 x 81 cm

A cased diorama of various crawling insects and butterflies. Collected from the Mosquito coast. Height 43 cm. Width 48 cm. Provenance: Teutenberg family

A cased 19th century diorama of various crawling insects, moths and butterflies. Collected from New Zealand. Height 51 cm. Width 35 cm. Provenance: Teutenberg family