Signed on a Pebble (amongst the groundwork) as is their trade mark. This case can be quite confidently dated to 1921, celebrating its 100 year birthday.
In impeccable condition of which the likes are extremely rare to find. It really is a credit to these old masters of taxidermy.
For more information on this famous Victorian Taxidermy firm see “A Record of Spicers” published 2001 (now out of print).
The mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) a perching duck species native to the East Palearctic, its habitat are the dense, forested edges of rivers and lakes, remarkably nesting in the cavities of these old trees close to the water. A shy bird, though lacking nothing in its exotic appearance. As with all great taxidermy it grants you the privilege to look close up and personal, its then when you see the true wonder that is to be found with these shy and timid birds. The species was once widespread in East Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs. During the 20th Century specimens escaped from collections, and a large feral population was established in Great Britain. These birds then as they are now, would have been a much prized possession. In traditional Chinese culture, mandarin ducks are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection. A mandarin duck symbol is often used in Chinese weddings as they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.
Height 61cm x 51cm wide
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