Voodoo Salon by Errol Fuller
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Voodoo Salon by Errol Fuller

Size: 228 by 298mm 312 pages with over 200 pictures in colour. Hard bound with dust wrapper.
Description: The wish to smudge the boundaries between life and death is an ancient one, and throughout history it has taken many guises and a variety of forms. One of them is taxidermy. And taxidermy has itself been used for many purposes and with very varied intention. Over the years it has fallen in and then out of favour but today, after decades in the doldrums, it is back in fashion. Contemporary artists use it in their productions, collectors avidly seek antique examples or assemble new work sourced from animals that have died accidentally or by natural causes. No longer is it necessarily inspired by hunting and shooting, or the willful destruction of wild animals. This book is a visual stroll through great examples of the craft, both historical and contemporary, with a commentary throwing light on its aims and intentions. Work commissioned by the world's great museums is featured; so too are pieces ordered by private collectors including familiar names from the past. Charles Dickens, for instance, grieving at the death of his pet raven, paid a taxidermist to preserve its outward form. Taxidermy has served the cause of science, satisfied curiosity or ego, provided decoration, been produced to shock, educate, enthrall or entertain, suffered scorn and derision, been overlaid with artistic pretension and sometimes, even received acclaim! Here is a visual record of some of its most intriguing achievements.

Errol Fuller is a writer and painter who has written on art and the curiosities of natural history. Author of the seminal Extinct Birds, he has written numerous other books including The Great Auk, Dodo from Extinction to Icon, and two on birds of paradise (including one with Sir David Attenborough). His paintings often depict snooker, boxing or other slightly disreputable sports. Errol is a consultant with Summers Place Auctions natural history and evolution sales.

P&P £10.00 (UK), £0.00 (Worldwide)

We have bought major collections from museums and private collectors.

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Ayre & Co does not source modern taxidermy specimens that have been killed for the purpose of taxidermy. Our modern taxidermy is mainly roadkill and catkill as these are sadly the top two threats to British wildlife. We also get animals that have died of old age, largely from zoos and falconers.

Antique pieces for us are another matter. Although some of these old specimens were hunted, we see no harm in trading them today.

Destroying them will not bring the animal back.

Taxidermy law can be complicated. We make it our business to know the laws surrounding the trade, keeping up to date with changes in current legislation so you can buy in confidence.


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