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 good taxidermy shoulder mount mouflon, a sub-species group of wild sheep, dark red/brown coat with long hair to the throat and chest area, this mature ram with ridged horns curved almost in one full revolution, glass eyes, shaped oak wall mounting backin
Aldo Turo, Milano, Italy, rare and beautiful twin pedestal dining table in lacquered goat skin, the rectangular top supported by two oval shaped pedestals. original makers label on each pedestal, circa 1970. Length 200 cm. Width 100 cm
A full body taxidermy mount of an adult male thar, he stands with head turned to the left, well developed horns, long winter coat and glass eyes. He stands on a modelled rocky type base. Total height 136 cm length 133 cm
An early 20th century taxidermy goral head, a goat/antelope-like animal, ears to attention, short horns. glass eyes, mounted on mahogany shield back with metal fitting and original label for 'Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore'
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