NATURAL HISTORY & TAXIDERMY – SALE RESULTS
FLIGHTLESS BIRDS WING THEIR WAY AT AUCTION
Good quality period taxidermy and natural history specimens are increasingly in demand at auction, and Tennants Auctioneers’ Natural History Sale on 2nd
March was no exception. With the sale and public viewing coinciding with the freezing weather, buyers both from near and far joined in with the sale online.
Two rare taxidermy flightless birds from the far side of the world caught the attention of bidders, and provided two of the top prices in the sale. A late Victorian Northern Brown Kiwi sold for £2,900 plus buyer’s premium; taxidermy Kiwis are rarely found in Europe, and examples such as this are keenly fought over. A full mount Southern Cassowary c.1900 sold for £1,500 plus buyer’s premium; this large flightless bird is found in Indonesia, New Guinea and Eastern Australia, and is related to the ostrich and the emu. Standing at over 130cm high it has been known to kill men with its fearsome talons.
Elsewhere in the sale were a good offering of Victorian era taxidermy including pieces by internationally renowned taxidermists Van Ingen & Van Ingen. Established by Eugene Van Ingen in the 1890s in Mysore, South India, Van Ingen & Van Ingen were known throughout the world for their magnificent, naturalistic tiger, leopard, lion and big game trophy mounts, which are still greatly sought after by collectors today. Of the lots by Van Ingen & Van Ingen in the sale, of note were a c.1935 Leopard shoulder mount, which features the maker’s trademark open mouth and company stamp to the reverse of the shield, which sold for £1,500 plus buyer’s premium and a c.1938 Leopard should mount, which sold for £1,600 plus buyer’s premium.
Other lots selling well were a fine quality c.1920s Entomology Collectors Cabinet by Janson & Son, Naturalists from Great Russell Street, London which houses a small collection of European butterflies, moths, bees and wasps in its twenty draws (sold for £3,200 plus buyer’s premium) and a European Wild Boar c.1923 by Deyrolle Paris (sold for £950 plus buyer’s premium).
The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £58,580 with 90% of the 233 lots sold.
All auction entries are sold strictly in accordance with CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) regulations, and any necessary licences or Pre-sale approvals are obtained from Animal Health, Bristol.
We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Natural History and Taxidermy will take place on 6th
July, please contact us on 01969 623780 or email@example.com
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Entries are now invited for forthcoming Natural History & Taxidermy Sales.
The sale of Specimens and Material derived from Endangered Species
All auction entries at Tennants are sold strictly in accordance with CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) regulations, and any necessary licences or Pre-sale approvals are obtained from Animal Health, Bristol.
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