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Victorian Display with Taxidermy Birds of Paradise by Jane C. Ward



An extremely rare Australian Victorian display cabinet with birds of paradise by Jane Catherine Ward (1817-1889) Sydney, circa 1880 With perched on a branch a king bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus regius), lesser bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea minor), paradise riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus), twelve-wired bird of paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus). Measures: H 73 × W 54 × D 46 cm Provenance: Private collection, the Netherlands (Dutch East-Indies) Literature: Martha Sear: Curious and Peculiar? Women Taxidermists in Colonial Australia In: Joan Kerr and Jo Holder (ed.): Past Present. The National Women's Art Anthology. Sydney, 1999, p. 85-99 Rose Docker: The queerest shop in Australia. In: Explore. Australian Museum magazine, vol. 34 (2012), no. 2, p. 3f. We would like to thank Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia, Sydney, for kindly providing additional information. We hope that these might spark a bit of love for the natural world. We value the pieces that are already there, hunted and made in a time the human race thought Mother Nature was inexhaustible, we are against hunting for pleasure or for new taxidermy. Please note that all our pieces come with a 'pre-1947 statement', although the purchase is at your own risk, we are glad to be of service with obtaining CITES documents, although purchasing is at your own responsibility.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.75 in. (73 cm)Width: 21.26 in. (54 cm)Depth: 18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Style
    Late Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. In a good condition. Minor fading to the back of the top bird, some discolouring to the others. Irridescence is still intact. Top glass sheet replaced to suspend more weight, and minor damages to the wood frame.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220865152

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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