Offered by: Spectandum
By Appointment Only Leuven , Belgium Call Seller 32475648678


Artful Diorama with full mount European Otter (Lutra lutra)

$ 11,571
  • Description
    One of the pebbles in the right back corner is signed Peter Spicer & Sons. Spicer, Peter (1839–1935), taxidermist, was born in Jury Street, Warwick, on 28 October 1839, the son of John Spicer (1811–1866) and his wife, Emma, née Heynes.In 1860 John Spicer had a shop at 33 Jury Street, Warwick, where the Victorian fancy for preserving dead animals in glass cases was starting to take off. John also went on to develop an interest in the relatively new invention of photography and captured realistic naturalist scenes to great effect. All these skills were taken to new heights by his son Peter, whose recreation of natural-looking montages of stuffed birds, stoats and pet dogs led on to him gaining a world-wide reputation for the art of taxidermy.By the 1870s he had expanded to Leamington where at one stage he seems to have employed some 30 workers in the curing, preserving and preparing of feathers, fur and skin to be set in natural-looking scenes of dried moss, grasses and rocks often set against a hand-painted backdrop that was a work of art in its own right.Peter lived to the age of 96.He died in 1935, by which time his two sons, William, from his first wife Ann Ward, and Gilbert from his second wife Lavinia Williams, were both running the hugely successful business that had contracts from India and East Africa.They continued to run the business until 1959. Peter Spicer & Sons was regarded as one of the greatest British taxidermist firms. He was a true naturalist with vision ,an artist and a totally competent taxidermist.The high quality of his work and acute attention to detail resulted in many high profile individuals, including royalty, buying his pieces.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Organic materials, handcrafted
    Condition: Good. This item is in very good condition.
    Styles / Movements: Other, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 1945
    Incollect Reference #: 460523
  • Dimensions
    W. 37.01 in; H. 31.1 in;
    W. 94 cm; H. 79 cm;
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