Fish Taxidermy – Two auction house items of taxidermy cased fish (& birds / animals) demonstrate that demand for quality remains high, with buyers paying premium prices to secure desirable lots.
West country auction house Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne, Somerset, in their Collectors, Sporting & Textiles auction (May 2021) recently sold a cased 11lb 12oz carp, mounted by J Cooper & Sons for £3800. See here (lot number 1968). The hammer price far exceeded it’s estimate of £300 – £500 (plus buyers premium of 30% + VAT to be added to the hammer price).
Once again the adage that you pay for quality (and rarity) rings true with this superb lot. The carp is well preserved with the fish’s colouration remaining strong and defined. Set upon a natural looking riverbed scene this bow fronted case bears the lable of one of the most desirable taxidermists of J cooper and Sons.
With plenty of photographs to accompany the listing, online viewers and potential bidders were left with no lingering doubts of it’s quality. A good example of an auction house promoting a star lot, and no doubt it helped to realise the final hammer price.
Taxidermy for sale on the Antiques Forum
Bird & animal Taxidermy.
Other notable (non fish) taxidermy lots in the same sale incuded a Duck Billed Platypus that achieved a hammer price of £1600.
A two item lot consisting of a free standing Gannet mounted upon a sawn timber piece along with a Silky Anteater reached £600 against the estimate of £60 – £100
Buying at auctions online or otherwise.
Note that there will be buyers a fee added to the final hammer price. This can range in amount depending on the Auction House, and can be anything from 20 to 35% or more. Factor this cost in to align with your highest bid amount that you are prepared to pay.
Item Condition. Auction item listing descriptions generally speaking are quite short, usually only providing the object title and perhaps the dimensions. It’s advisable (a good few days) prior to the auction date to ask for more information about the item, such as it’s condition, age, and working or not (if that’s appropriate to the item).
Request additional photos if you’d like to see the item from different sides or angles. Satisfy yourself that you are bidding for something that you are happy to buy unseen and that you won’t be disapointed when it arrives!
Better still, if the auction house is close by, go and have a look on one of thier viewing days.
For more information about buying antiques at auctions see here.