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
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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04 April 2014
Wide-ranging bill to end sales already given unanimous backing at the initial stage
10 January 2014
In the islands of the Pacific, where hardwood trees were abundant and iron virtually non-existent until the 19th century, the fighting club was elevated to an art form – made in a wider variety of forms and with more lavish decoration than any other weapon.
25 February 2014
A ban on the commercial trade in elephant ivory “except in a very limited number of circumstances” announced by the USA this month promises far-reaching consequences for the antiques trade.
09 September 2013
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has brought a series of prosecutions as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide crackdown on cross-border trafficking in rhinoceros horn works of art.
25 February 2014
13 May 2013
Maybe I’m biased, but I find it hard to think of a more diverse, passionate, interesting and occasionally downright bonkers bunch of people than antiques dealers.