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 lion skin rug (Panthera Leo), early 20th century, with cotton and brown felt backing with scalloped trim and a mounted head; acquired by the current vendor, a relative of the Younger family, as Lot 136 from the June 1981 Leonard Joel sale of the effects
An impressive c.1930/40 Bengal tiger skin with full mounted taxidermy head, glass eyes, mouth open in snarling pose, claws absent, dark royal blue felt backing, exposed at border. Copy of CITES Certificate available detailing country of import as N.Z., dat
A c.1930/1940 leopard skin rug, full taxidermy mounted head with glass eyes and open mouth, dark royal blue felt backing showing border, printed maker's logo 'TEXMARK No. 24 APRIL. '44', printed to reverse, condition good for age. Copy of C
A vintage leopard skin rug (Panthera Pardus). Early 20th century. The full pelt rug with taxidermic head with snarling expression, the skin mounted on black cotton fabric with black felt edging. Length 221 cm. Width 143 cm
An early 20th century wall mounted taxidermy leopard's head, the full head with glass eyes and porcelain teeth suspended upon a shield form wall mount covered with further leopard skin, open snarling mouth, the ears with some distress
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