A small gilt edged bow front display case with interior data label reading ‘Golden Carp. Taken Dec 12 1901. TW. Weight 9 Ozs” by J Cooper & Sons the famous fish taxidermists at the height of their fame.
Note: for a similar fish and its rarity see “The Domesday book of English Fish Taxidermists” by Barry Williams. Page 87: In 1927 Fred Cooper mounted a Golden Roach, only the second handled by the firm, the first set up in 1911. Fred Cooper kept a collection of casts from any unusual fish he prepared and it is documented that a cast of this Golden Roach was made for his own collection.
The fish we are selling is a Golden Carp and pre dates these two.
Size 35cm x 21cm.
John Cooper II was born the son of a taxidermist on 21st January 1840 and died 76 years later, still working as a taxidermist up until the day before he passed away.
We are always looking to purchase the finest examples of Taxidermy especially by the likes of Peter Spicer and other great Victorian taxidermists, please contact us if you have anything of interest.