A rare adult Javan rhinoceros trophy head by Rowland Ward, a shoulder mount. Height 72 cm
Rowland Ward. The most famous taxidemist of the late Victorian era, Rowland Ward was born in London in 1847, and left school at 14 to work at his father Henry Ward’s taxidermy studio.
Around 1872 he established his own business in Harley Street London, and after a few years in premises in Picadilly, which he named "The Jungle". He became the taxidermist to big game hunters and for many years in the late 19th century and early 20th century was the largest and most famous taxidermist in the world.
He died in 1912 and the business continued until 1983.
Such is the esteem with which his work is held, any taxidermy coming onto the market bearing his name or intitials on a paper label or plate will command a premium.
The buyers premium is an additional percentage charge on the hammer price of the item, imposed by the auction house to cover administrative costs. The buyers premium percentage varies between auction houses, with a range of 12.5% to 22%.