Taxidermy- Victorian Red-legged Honeycreeper by James Gardner London

£ 750

Circa 1890.
Flat fronted wall hanging case, with a Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) a small songbird from South America. Additionally, Gardner has placed several small iridescent beetles amongst the ground work presumably depicting the bird’s diet. A larger than normal trade label for James Gardner is pasted to the rear of the case, stating ‘by Appointment to the Queen’ and giving his address as ‘late 426 Oxford Street London’.

27.5 cm Diameter

Ref: 23446

Note: This famous taxidermy firm ran for nearly 80 years, founded around 1844 by James Gardner, and was continued by his son, also James Gardner. The firm held Royal Warrants for Her Majesty Queen Victoria, The Royal Families of England and France plus many more notable clients. For more information see either
“A History of British Taxidermy” by C. Frost, published 1987 or
“A History of Taxidermy” by P Morris published 2011.

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