AMONG the more run-of-the-mill furnishings that constitute the bulk of the popular Interiors sales at Christie’s South Kensington, there are often a handful of more quirky items.
Christie's pruning of their smaller, specialist sales over
recent years means that such pieces no longer have a niche of their
own, and can find themselves pictured between a chandelier and a
labrador in a glossy magalogue.
In CSK's Style & Spirit sale on September 22, a
c.1940 Indian taxidermy tiger skin, mounted by Van Ingen & Van
Ingen of Mysore, was the subject of much interest.
The 10ft 2in (3.1m) long skin, with cloth and velvet backing,
was stencilled to the reverse for Van Ingen and Van Ingen with
serial number 28345.
A decent size, it also benefited from exceptional colour and
good overall condition, helping it pass a £6000-8000 estimate to
sell for £14,500 to a London-based European buyer.
The buyer's premium was 25/20/12%