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.
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 display case of New Guinea birds, displayed in a naturalistic setting and comprising a greater bird of Paradise, a Raggiana Bird of Paradise, a black naped oriole and a red throated Barbet 66 cm wide, 42 cm deep, 83 cm high (4)
An unusual display of European game, the hung specimens comprising a male golden pheasant, brown hare, Eurasian woodcock, male willow grouse in dark red phase, and a brace of grey partridges, in deep oval mahogany case. Height 110 cm
A display of bustards and grouse, standing on rockwork amid grass tufts and comprising a female Namaqua sand grouse nesting below a female and juvenile white-quilled bustard, and a rare female lesser florican. Height 75 cm
Two bird displays of a ruffed grouse and a Eurasian curlew, the grouse perched on mossy base with colourful fungus and in five glass case, the curlew on grassy rockwork base in three glass case, 46 cm and. Height 52 cm
Two cased owl displays comprising a group of two barn owls and a tawny owl perched on grassy mounds and stump, and a pair of barn owls, one pinning down a finch with its talons, on grassy mound with peacock feathers, both in three glass cases, largest. Hei
An exceptional collage of Asian pheasants and partridges, displayed on naturalistic rockwork and foliage with jewel beetles, and comprising a chukar, a male western tragopan, male Himalayan monal, male Blyth's tragopan, two male koklass pheasants and male
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