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A LATE VICTORIAN TAXIDERMY GROUP OF TWO RED SQUIRRELS
A LATE VICTORIAN TAXIDERMY GROUP OF TWO RED SQUIRRELS

BY J. HOOPER & SON, LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF WALTER POTTER

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A LATE VICTORIAN TAXIDERMY GROUP OF TWO RED SQUIRRELS
BY J. HOOPER & SON, LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF WALTER POTTER
The squirrels seated, smoking pipes, playing cards, mounted in an ebonised glazed case with bun feet, the reverse with label 'J HOOPER & SON..\ BIRDS AND ANIMAL PRESERVATION \ TAXIDERMISTS 40 \ WELLS SOMERSET', the case re-painted
15 ½ in. (39.5 cm.) high; 18 ¾ in. (47.5 cm.) wide
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Please note this lot is made by J. HOOPER & SON and not as stated in the printed catalogue.

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Walter Potter was a taxidermist famous for his animal dioramas posed to replicate everyday human activities which aroused so much interest that he opened his Museum of Curiosities in Bramber, Sussex in 1861, where it grew to include minerals, antiquities and travel souvenirs. On his death in 1918 the museum passed to his daughter and subsequently to his grandson. The museum was later moved to Arundel where it remained for 15 years and then in 1984 sold and sent to Cornwall; the contents were finally dispersed in 2003.

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