Taxidermy- Victorian stuffed Glossy starling from Southern Africa Circa 1860

£ 950

In an original Victorian glass dome with its original groundwork, ebonised base and old cotton braided trim. In a remarkable state of preservation retaining its beautiful glossy iridescent colour.
32cm High.

Ref: 23439

Note: This bird was originally part of an earlier (box type) case of taxidermy, of country house proportions, attributed to Leadbetter of London, that did contain an important collection of exotic birds, now dispersed.
Early cases of taxidermy (glazed only to the front) like the case this bird was taken from, did have an advantage over the later, and much more converted (glazed to three sides) type of case, as the taxidermy within is less susceptible to fading (due to being protected from direct sun light from the sides) sometimes leading to extraordinary good examples of preservation.

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