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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A taxidermy Galah, on tree branch, circa 1930. Height 32 cm.

Cased set of taxidermied exotic birds, English, including a Toucan and a Quetzel (now extinct), 19th century, 82 cm high, 53 cm wide, 21 cm deep. Provenance: J B Hawkins Antiques

A taxidermy red tailed black cockatoo, on tree stump, in glass case, circa 1950.

A taxidermy red tailed black cockatoo on tree stump. Height 36 cm x 51 cm

An antique bird diorama in a glass case, 19th to early 20th century, comprising approximately thirty Australian bird species including a lyrebird pair, frogmouth, various parrots, wading birds and others posed naturalistically upon branches in a mahogany f

A taxidermy Alexandria parrot in 19th century glass dome. 50 cm high

Two taxidermy parrots, housed in a plastic dome. Height 30 cm

Taxidermied Alexandrine parakeet, on wooden perch mount. Height 45 cm

Two brightly coloured taxidermy small parrots, under glass dome, both modelled perched on branches, one with wings outstretched. Height 28 cm

A pair of taxidermy Princess parrots, the colourful birds with dominant vibrant green plumage highlighted with blue, purple and red mounted with wings and tails extended on curving branch sections

A South American taxidermied Toucan bird, modelled perched upon a timber rod

Taxidermied sulphur crested cockatoo. Fair/Good condition

A late Victorian cased ornithological diorama, containing ten specimens, including two parrots, within a part-painted glass dome (cracked). Height 54 cm. Width 60 cm. Depth 29 cm

A South American Quaker parrot, on naturalistic stand. Height 32 cm

An Asian moustached parrot, on naturalistic stand. Height 33.5 cm

A taxidermied scarlet macaw, origin south America. Perched on a wooden base. Height 76 cm

A stuffed yellow throated toucan, in a natural pose, within a five glass case with stimulated foliage, good condition. 62 cm high

A very good taxidermy green Indian Ringneck parrot on carved wooden branch stand. Length 35 cm

Five parrot displays, comprising a sulphur-crested cockatoo on grassy moss covered perch under a dome, a pair of male and female eclectus parrots under a dome, another eclectus parrot on a wall plaque, a yellow-crowned amazon on a grassy moss covered perch

A collage of East Australian fauna, displayed on branch perches and rockwork with grasses, with a koala kitten beneath and array of birds, comprising an adult male regent bowerbird, adult crimson rosella, adult male and female Australian King parrot, adult

A female galah by Rowland Ward, mounted on a low branch stump on mossy mound, in five glass case. Height 40 cm

A yellow-throated toucan standing on a branch perch, in oak five glass case. Height 37 cm

Two displays of toco toucans, both on branch perches, one in five glass case, both. Height 50 cm

A group of six parrot displays comprising a male galah under glass dome, a 'Cloncurry' Australian ringneck on twig perch, a bust mount of a kea in small chamfered glass case, a red-fanned parrot on a stump, a long-billed corella on a branch perch in three

A very rare display of paradise and ground parrots, two now-extinct Australian paradise parrots perched either side of a rare Australian ground parrot on a single branch amid native foliage, in five glass case. Height 62 cm