Natural History

The natural world has always amazed humans and has been of great inspiration to all cultures. Starting from the 15th century onwards, the famous Cabinets of Curiosities, or Wunderkammers, appeared in the houses of the nobility and rich merchants in Europe.  The idea of such Cabinets or rooms was that the owner should feel as if he was the centre of the universe, surrounded by all the elements. The Wunderkammers were filled with miracles of the natural world such as fine coral specimens, fossils, minerals, gemstones, taxidermy, shells and much more. Some of the pieces were highly sought after and a lively trade commenced. 

 

In the 19th century, especially in Victorian England, there was a great urge for a scientific approach to the natural world, driven by scientists such as Charles Darwin. Animals in their natural habitat were observed and described, and soon there was a great desire for taxidermy, as the people 'at home' who could never see these creatures in real life wished them close by. Victorian taxidermy is prized for beautiful display cabinets or glass domes, showing animals in their habitat, perfectly sculpted and naturalistically modelled. 

 

Zebregs&Röell highly values the natural world, and therefore only trades in antique specimens or animals that died of natural cause. 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' or CITES-documents and we strictly abide international and national nature conservation laws - we are glad to be of service with obtaining CITES documents, although purchasing is at your own responsibility.  

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An extemely rare antique taxidermy Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
First half 20th century

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A splendid and mint condition Taxidermy Tiger skin Prayer mat rug by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore

Early 20th century



Provenance:
Private collection, United Kingdom

Located in the United Kingdom

 

A monumental Victorian taxidermy dome, measuring H. 90 cm, with a wide variety of Tropical birds, of which many male and female pairs Late 19th century

A monumental Victorian taxidermy dome, measuring H. 90 cm, with a wide variety of Tropical birds, of which many male and female pairs
Late 19th century

Dinosaur Drawing by Joseph Smith
Dinosaur Drawing by John Whymper
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Joseph Smit (1836-1929)

‘Iguanodon’

Charles Whymper (1853-1941)

‘Triassic Labyrinthodont, and Belemnite’

A fine taxidermy Leopard (Panthera pardus) skin meditation rug by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore 

Circa 1933, taken by J. Lycett Burd, Pamalipam, North Lakhimpur, Assam, 30/01/1933

A fine antique taxidermy pangolin (Manis spp.) 
A large antique taxidermy Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea)

A large antique taxidermy Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea)

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A fine antique taxidermy pangolin (Manis spp.

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An extremely rare taxidermy Black leopard (Panthera pardus) 'shikar' hunting trophy by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore

Taken in Uralikal, circa 1943

A fine taxidermy Indian Jackall (Canis aureus indicus) hunting trophy by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore

India, circa 1927

A drawing of a Dodo Second half 18th century
An extremely rare Victorian taxidermy Pygmee three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) or Escudo-island Sloth by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)
A small taxidermy Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)  Early 20th century
A massive Victorian taxidermy Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta caretta) measuring over 170 cm  Late 19th century
A taxidermy Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta caretta)  Early 20th century

A taxidermy Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta caretta)

Early 20th century

AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE VICTORIAN GILT-WOOD FIRE SCREEN WITH TAXIDERMY HUMMINGBIRDS BY AND LABELLED FOR HENRY WARD (1812-1878)  ​  England, third quarter 19th century

AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE VICTORIAN GILT-WOOD FIRE SCREEN WITH TAXIDERMY HUMMINGBIRDS BY AND LABELLED FOR HENRY WARD (1812-1878)

England, third quarter 19th century

A display cabinet with taxidermy hummingbirds attributed to Rowland Ward (1848-1912) Late 19th/early 20th century

A display cabinet with taxidermy hummingbirds attributed to Rowland Ward (1848-1912)
Late 19th/early 20th century

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 19th century

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
19th century

An extremely rare Victorian taxidermy Pygmee three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) or Escudo-island Sloth by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)
(sold)

A small taxidermy Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Early 20th century

A massive Victorian taxidermy Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta caretta) measuring over 170 cm

Late 19th century

A Victorian taxidermy Saki monkey

A Victorian taxidermy Saki monkey
(sold)

An extremely large Shikar taxidermy tiger (Panthera tigris) by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore  India, circa 1931, taken on 16/3/1931 by John. H. Gardiner esq., Central Indian Horse Regiment, Delhi

An extremely large Shikar taxidermy tiger (Panthera tigris) by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore

India, circa 1931, taken on 16/3/1931 by John. H. Gardiner esq., Central Indian Horse Regiment, Delhi
(sold)

A fine Victorian taxidermy Himalaya Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) by Edward Gerrard & Sons  Late 19th century

A fine Victorian taxidermy Himalaya Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) by Edward Gerrard & Sons

Late 19th century

A charming taxidermy Sunda Pangolin Early 20th century

A charming taxidermy Sunda Pangolin
Early 20th century

A drawing of a Dodo
Second half 18th century

An extremely rare Duck-Billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) fur carriage rug or bed-cover  Australia, late 19th/early 20th century

An extremely rare Duck-Billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) fur carriage rug or bed-cover

Australia, late 19th/early 20th century

A well preserved Shikar tiger skin rug by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore India  Early 20th century

A well preserved Shikar tiger skin rug by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore India

Early 20th century

Find our complete collection of taxidermy by Van Ingen & Van Ingen

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot (Amazona oratrix) Early 20th century

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot (Amazona oratrix)
Early 20th century

A taxidermy display cabinet with Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) and a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)  Late 19th/early 20th century

A taxidermy display cabinet with Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) and a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)

Late 19th/early 20th century
(sold)

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda), hummingbirds, tanagers and cotinga  ​  19th century
A rare taxidermy Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)  20th century
An extremely large taxidermy Giant African Pangolin (Manis Gigantea) measuring 125 cm long  18th/19th century

A rare taxidermy Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

20th century

(sold)

An extremely large taxidermy Giant African Pangolin (Manis Gigantea) measuring 125 cm long

18th/19th century

(sold)

A taxidermy display cabinet with Raggiana's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)  Late 19th century

A taxidermy display cabinet with Raggiana's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)

Late 19th century

A pair of taxidermy puffins (Fratercula arctica) Early 20th century

A pair of taxidermy puffins (Fratercula arctica)
Early 20th century

An unusually large taxidermy Nile Crocodile measuring 350 cm long    Africa, 2005, including CITES-documents
A splendid and vividly coloured Victorian dome with taxidermy Cock-of-the-Rock, Pompadour Cotinga, tanagers and rare hummingbirds  19th century

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda)hummingbirds, tanagers and cotinga

19th century

A large taxidermy Nile Crocodile measuring 250 cm long    Africa, 2005, including CITES-documents

An unusually large taxidermy Nile Crocodile measuring 350 cm long

 

Africa, 2005, including CITES-documents

A large taxidermy Nile Crocodile measuring 250 cm long

 

Africa, 2005, including CITES-documents

A rare taxidermy Brown Howler Monkey (Alouatta guariba) attributed to Rowland Ward (1848-1912)  ​

A rare taxidermy Brown Howler Monkey (Alouatta guariba) attributed to Rowland Ward (1848-1912)

Late 19th/early 20th century

A splendid and vividly coloured Victorian dome with taxidermy Cock-of-the-Rock, Pompadour Cotinga, tanagers and rare hummingbirds

19th century

(sold)

A pair of Leopard tortoise carapaces Late 19th/early 20th century
A pair of extremely rare taxidermy tiger heads by VanIngen&VanIngen, Mysore   India, 1935, shot by Prince of Teck, the Duke of Athlone
A seldomly seen large taxidermy California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) possibly by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)  Provenance: Museum Collection, United Kingdom
A Victorian dome with taxidermy Ring-necked parakeet  19th century
A Victorian dome with taxidermy Cotton-eared Tamarind mother and babies

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Ring-necked parakeet

19th century

(sold)

A seldomly seen large taxidermy California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) possibly by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)

Provenance:
Museum Collection, United Kingdom

(sold)

A Victorian dome with taxidermy Cotton-eared Tamarind mother and babies

A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells  19th century  ​
A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells  19th century  ​

A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells

19th century

A pair of Leopard tortoise carapaces
Late 19th/early 20th century
(one sold)

A pair of extremely rare taxidermy tiger heads by VanIngen&VanIngen, Mysore


India, 1935, shot by Prince of Teck, the Duke of Athlone

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An upper jaw of a Walrus

Including CITES paperwork

(sold)

A rare Victorian taxidermy Colobus Monkey (Colobus Angolensis) by Rowland Ward  19th century

A taxidermy African Rainforest Tree pangolin (Manis Tricuspis

 

19th Century 

 

Provenance:

Private collection, Belgium

(sold)

A taxidermy African leopard tortoise shell  19th century
A taxidermy African Rainforest Tree pangolin (Manis Tricuspis)     19th Century     Provenance:  Private collection, Belgium

A taxidermy African leopard tortoise shell

19th century
(sold)

A rare Victorian taxidermy Colobus Monkey (Colobus Angolensis) by Rowland Ward

19th century

 

(sold)
 

An extremely large tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris) by the famous VanIngen&VanIngen, Mysore, measuring approx. 310 cm long  Early 20th century
A charming taxidermy Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)  19th century
A Victorian taxidermy Gharial wall-bracket  Late 19th century
A very large taxidermy African Spurred tortoiseshell  20th century, kept as a pet
An Edwardian Cased Grey Headed Wattled Lapwing (Microsarcops cinereus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912) Circa 1906
A rare Victorian taxidermy hooded Peregrine Falcion (Falco peregrinus)   Circa 1880-1890
A Victorian dome with taxidermy tropical birds 19th century
A Victorian dome with taxidermy mostly Australian birds 19th century
A taxidermy Capuchin monkey (Cebinae)  Early 20th century
A free-standing taxidermy Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) 20th century
A charming Edwardian taxidermy display case with Heron and Curlew  Early 20th century
A 'Scrimshaw' Giant Amazon Riverturtle shell  19th century

A 'Scrimshaw' Giant Amazon Riverturtle shell

19th century

(sold)

A charming Edwardian taxidermy display case with Heron and Curlew

Early 20th century

An Edwardian Cased Grey Headed Wattled Lapwing (Microsarcops cinereus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)
Circa 1906

A free-standing taxidermy Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)
20th century

A taxidermy Capuchin monkey (Cebinae)

Early 20th century

A Victorian dome with taxidermy mostly Australian birds
19th century

(sold)

A Victorian dome with taxidermy tropical birds
19th century

(sold)

A rare Victorian taxidermy hooded Peregrine Falcion (Falco peregrinus) 

Circa 1880-1890
(sold)

An antique dated Sawfish rostrum  Australia, 9 april 1922
A fine taxidermy Himalayan Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)  Circa 1870

A fine taxidermy Himalayan Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)

Circa 1870

An antique dated Sawfish rostrum

Australia, 9 april 1922

An extremely rare antique taxidermy Sunda Slow Loris (Nyctiabus Coucang)

A very large taxidermy African Spurred tortoiseshell

20th century, kept as a pet

(sold)

A taxidermy African Giant Pangolin (Manis Gigantea)

Late 19th century

A Victorian taxidermy Gharial wall-bracket

Late 19th century
(sold)

A fine taxidermy tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris) by the famous VanIngen&VanIngen, Mysore   Circa 1946, taken by T.G. Macneill, Rehabari, Northern Assam, North Eastern India, 23/02/1946
A taxidermy African Giant Pangolin (Manis Gigantea) 19th century
A taxidermy tortoise shell  Early 20th century

An extremely rare antique taxidermy Sunda Slow Loris (Nyctiabus Coucang)

(sold)

A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells 19th century
A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells 19th century
A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells 19th century
A taxidermy red-footed tortoise shell (Chelonoidis carbonarius)  ​  Early 20th century (with certificate)

A taxidermy African Giant Pangolin (Manis Gigantea)
19th century

(sold)

A taxidermy tortoise shell

Early 20th century

(sold)

A charming taxidermy Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)

19th century

(sold)

A fine taxidermy tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris) by the famous VanIngen&VanIngen, Mysore


Circa 1946, taken by T.G. Macneill, Rehabari, Northern Assam, North Eastern India, 23/02/1946

A collection of scrimshaw Giant Arrau River Turtle Shells
19th century

 

A taxidermy red-footed tortoise shell (Chelonoidis carbonarius)

Early 20th century (with