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10 Lots to Watch in the 20th April Natural History and Taxidermy Sale

14th March 2022. By Robbie Bright
Lot 35
Antlers/Horns: Assam Water Buffalo (Bubalus arnee), circa 1852, Assam Northern India, a very large set of adult bull horns on upper skull, right horn 162.5cm (64"), left horn 164cm (64½"), widest span 166cm (65½"), tip to tip 108cm (42½"), painted number to forehead K, 11-6½, 3, entry reference within the game book notes - no 3. Assam Buffalo Cow Shot by my uncle Major Robert Campbell and sent home at the same time as Nos 1&2". Recorded as No 4 in the Rowland Ward Records of Big Game dated 1896, hand written note to page 267 by Sir John Campbell - "These two were shot by my uncle Col Robert Campbell but are in the possession of Sir John Campbell of Kilberry to whose father they were given by my father. When i sent the measurement to Rowland Ward i told him this, but he has nonetheless entered them wrongly as belonging to me, dated 1896"

Measured using Rowland Ward method 10.

Estimate
£1,000 - £1,500
Lot 254

Taxidermy: A Wall Cased Northern White-faced Scops Owl (Ptilopsis leucotis), captive bred, dated 2021, by A.J. Armitstead, Taxidermy, Darlington, Co Durham, a full mount adult perched atop a small tree stump with head turning to the left, amidst a natural setting of twisted branches and leaves, set against a water colour painted evening woodland scene back drop, enclosed within a diamond shaped oak framed five-glass wall hanging display case, 37.5cm by 10.5cm by 52cm excluding outer frame, signed and dated to interior right, taxidermist's full paper trade label to verso

Estimate
£400 - £600
Lot 197

Taxidermy: A Late Victorian Cased Black-Tailed Trainbearer Hummingbird (Lesbia victoriae), re-cased by A.J. Armitstead, Taxidermy, Darlington, Co Durham, a full mount male Black-tailed Trainbearer hummingbird, perched atop a small twisted branch, above another Hummingbird tending a nest of three faux eggs, amidst a natural setting of ferns, tall grasses and fauna, set above a simulated glass pool of water, enclosed and re-cased within an arched seven-glass table display case, 34.5cm by 9.5cm by 33cm, bearing taxidermist's paper trade label to underside

Estimate
£500 - £700
Lot 261

Taxidermy: A Large Cased Diorama of Birds of Paradise Native to New Guinea, circa 1880-1900, attributed to Rowland Ward, " The Jungle", 166 Piccadilly, London, a superb large diorama of various Birds of Paradise, to include - Blue Bird of Paradise, a pair of Brown Sicklebills, Superb Bird of Paradise, Raggianas Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, King Bird of Paradise, a pair of Stephanie's Astrapia Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Western Parotia, Magnificent Riflebird, Trumpet Manucode, all perched upon an array of branches, amidst tall dry grasses and fauna, the green felt covered groundwork strewn with dry broken branches and brush, enclosed within a large five-glass table display case, 91cm by 45cm by 121cm

Estimate
£3,000 - £5,000
Lot 143

Conchology: Giant Clam Shell (Tridacna gigas), late 19th century, a complete full shell, left half 66cm by 45cm, right half 64cm by 44cm, height when both halves together 47cm
The Giant Clam is the largest living bivalve mollusc. They inhabit the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans and measure as much as 1.2m across, and have an average lifespan of 100 years or more

CITES Appendix II Annex B

Estimate
£600 - £800
Lot 353

Taxidermy: A Cased Northern Fur Seal Pup (Callorhinus ursinus), by James Hutchings, Aberystwyth, 1860-1942, a full mount seal pup laid upon a large painted faux rock, amidst seaweed and sea shells, above painted soil and pebble covered groundwork, set against a pale graduated blue / yellow wash painted back drop, enclosed within a typical period ebonised single-glass display case, 70cm by 27.5cm by 55cm, bearing taxidermist's small paper trade label to interior lower left

Estimate
£500 - £700
Lot 361

Natural History: A Cased Re-creation of a Dodo (†Raphus cucullatus), circa 2014, by World Renowned Taxidermist, Carl Church, Pickering, Nth Yks, a fantastic reproduction of the extinct Dodo, a full mount adult stood with head turning to the right, amidst a natural setting of branches, leaves and brush, mounted upon sand and pebble covered groundwork, enclosed within a large oak framed five-glass display case, 83cm by 58cm by 84.5cm, bearing taxidermist's circular ivorine plaque to base lower right front, a rare opportunity to purchase one of these fabulous creations, only five such examples have ever been created by Carl Church.

Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
Lot 328
Taxidermy: A Cased Reproduction Yellow Kākāpō (Strigops habroptilus), modern, a superbly composed reproduction of a very rare and unusual Yellow Kākāpō, a full mount adult perched atop a small tree stump, amidst a natural setting of ferns, grasses and dry fauna, set above painted soil covered groundwork beneath, enclosed within a large five-glass wooden framed table display case, 46cm by 36cm by 57.5cm, The original specimen bird became part of the important nineteenth-century New Zealand ornithologist Walter Lawry Buller's collection, the Kākāpō is one of the rarest birds in the World, with only 201 living specimens known as of 2021, a Yellow Kākāpō is known to have occurred only once, captured near Cromarty, Fiordland of New Zealand in 1898 and purchased for Buller's son, who considered it "the most beautiful thing in the bird line that i have ever seen", this example was created using various donor specimens including Common Buzzard tail feathers.

With Cites Article 10 (non transferable) licence no. 307908/03 - Buzzard Tail Feathers used.

Estimate
£600 - £800

 

Lot 208

Taxidermy: A Cased Reproduction Pair of Extinct New Zealand Huia Birds (†Heteralocha acutirostris), modern, a superb pair of composed full mount Huia birds, the female with raised head and open beak, perched upon a small tree stump, the male beside her perched upon a short cut branch, above painted soil covered groundwork, amidst a natural setting of tall grasses and fauna, enclosed within a large five-glass table display case with taped frame, 59cm by 29cm by 61cm, the beaks have been reproduced from actual beaks of specimens shot in the Gollans Valley, York Bay, New Zealand circa 1890, mounted upon substitute donor bodies. The female within this case was used by renowned artist Ray Ching as the model for his painting within his book " Fabled Lands".

Estimate
£1,500 - £2,500
Lot 14

Taxidermy: Astor Markhor (Capra falconeri falconeri), circa 1896, Kashmir, Northern India, adult male neck mount looking straight ahead, right horn 72.5cm, left horn 72cm, tip to tip 75.5cm, from the wall 48cm, height 83cm, mounted upon a later modern shaped shield, reference within the game book entry - "Markhor shot by Jock in Kashmir 1896",

Measured using Rowland Ward method 9.

Estimate
£1,500 - £2,500
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