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 taxidermy tahr head and shoulder mount, rimu shield backing board.

A taxidermy Corsican sheep, with spiralling horns, black hide with touches of white. Span 67 cm

A taxidermy mouflon head (wild sheep), with tri-colour fur and large arched horns.

A taxidermy shoulder mount trophy of a Machor (wild billy goat), with detachable replica horns

A taxidermy shoulder mount trophy of a Mouflon (wild sheep), with impressive horns

A large North American Mountain Goat head and shoulder mount, ears raised, glass eyes, oval ebonised back board.

An exceptionally large shoulder mount North American Dall ram, very large curving horns, outer curvature approx. 88 cm oval backing board

A vintage ram skull, complete, 20 cm high, 40 cm wide, 34 cm deep

A taxidermy goats head, 20th century. 36 cm high

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

A rams skull and a pair of goats horns. Ram 52 cm wide

A taxidermied mountain goat the standing animal mounted on a naturalistic base, 161 cm high

An Arapawa sheep ram head mount, the long knotted fleece of mid brown tonings with white highlights, mottled white and black head colouring, spiralling horns, a good example

A good Arapawa sheep ram taxidermy shoulder mount, the mid-brown knotted fleece with white tinged ends, dark brown/black head toning, spiralling horns, well modelled.

A feral goat skull and horns with Euro shield, metal wall bracket mount.

A feral goat taxidermy head mount, dark brown/black tonings, head turned to the left.

A white Merino taxidermy ram, white knotted wool, white and black mottled face, spiralling horns, well modelled.

An Arapawa sheep ram, tightly knotted dark brown wool, black head and spiralling horns.

A white merino sheep taxidermy head mount, long fleece, traditional spiralling horns.

An Arapawa sheep ram head mount, the long knotted fleece of mid brown tonings with white highlights, mottled white and black head colouring, spiralling horns, a good example.

Two pairs of large wall mounted ibex horns, approx. 136 cm high overall (4 items)

A taxidermied white goat, approx. 100 cm high and 85 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

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

Large Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 440. Width 61 cm

Medium Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 390. Width 55 cm

Goat's horns, Trophy House, Lower Hutt label affixed rear. Height 30 cm. Width 48 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

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