Note from the Editor: This next blogpost is not for the decorative faint of heart.
Taxidermy, or the art of of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display, has been practiced for centuries dating back to the Victorian era for design & decor purposes. Lately, this craft has lost a lot of feathers (no pun intended) as trends have shifted, animal rights movements became more prominent, and well let’s say this… as it can be really creepy!
Then again, we (as a species) like to be surrounded by animals, domestic and wild, in different shapes or form. So why not introduce a mounted zebra into our living room ?
My point here is to encourage you to go out and hunt… for examples of fine vintage taxidermy in shops, at auctions, and at local garage sales.
Quirky & fun, they blend very well whether in a modern or more traditional setting. Arranged in groupings for more visual impact or solo, serving as a focal point and great conversation starter.
If owning a “stuffed animal” is not your cup of Chai, there are plenty of options out there that replicate the features of the beast but in materials that are far removed from their “live” nature. I personally own a B&W deer head made of wood and wallpaper remnants by Canadian artist Jennifer Khoshbin.
Source: Fenton & Fenton