Did you know there were more than a dozen taxidermists showing
at the Great Exhibition in 1851, the year when 75,000 visitors paid
to see John Gould's exhibition of stuffed hummingbirds at Regent's
By the late Victorian era virtually every large village in the
UK had a resident 'professional' taxidermist and almost every home
a stuffed bird or mammal of some description. And interest in the
natural world, the advent of foreign travel and the lure of big
game hunting before the era of animal conservation ensured the
industry thrived into the 1930s.
By the 1970s of course, taxidermy had entered its fashionable
nadir, and most of the commercial companies had ceased trading
completely, but it was not forever. In the past two decades, there
has been an undoubted resurgence of interest in mounted specimens
from the animal kingdom as serious antiques, and taxidermy is among
the most searched-for items on the-saleroom.com
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
02 May 2013
“An armadillo for you, from Jonathan Ross,” says the courier as he returns a box midway through my interview with Alexis Turner.
22 October 2012
It is doubtless the source of a little irritation, or perhaps amusement, to members of the men-only Flyfishers Club of Piccadilly that the two largest salmon ever caught with a rod and line in British waters were both landed by women.
18 October 2003
SAD news. The drunken rats and the two-faced lamb have finally parted company.
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27 July 2015
A London dealer has welcomed a new wide-ranging bill aimed at amending the law passed in the US last year banning the commercial trade in elephant ivory.
02 February 2015
The owner of leading south Florida auction house Elite Decorative Arts has pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and agreed to a fine of $1.5m.
23 April 2015
This large Burmantofts faience plaque sold for £7000 at 1818 Auctions of Milnthorpe, Cumbria. The vendor, who bought it at a car boot sale for £20, was in the room to watch bidding surge way beyond a £400-600 estimate.
13 November 2014
Visitors to ‘TEFAF Maastricht’ 2015 will be greeted by a revamped entrance to the fair alongside a new ‘curated space’ of work by post-Modern and contemporary artists to tie in with the ‘TEFAF Modern section’.
13 March 2015
“I was pleased to see resurgence in the Ruskin and Pilkington’s lustre market. Ruskin particularly was back to pre-2002 prices. Pilkington’s had also slowed but these prices show a real enthusiasm for good pieces again.”
15 July 2014
The awards party for the 2014 ‘Antiques Young Gun of the Year’ at Alfies Antiques Market was proof that there’s still life in the antiques trade yet.