A HIGHLY UNUSUAL VICTORIAN CASE WITH SEVERAL SOUTH-AMERICAN BIRDS, A.O. A QUETZAL AND COCK-OF-THE-ROCK ON THE SIDE OF A TREE, BY AND LABELLED FOR H.N. PASHLEY OF CLAY, NORFOLK
England, dated 1896
With a tree trunk to the left, from which several branches with palm leaves resembling parasitic plants are sprouting, supporting several birds, a.o. a Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus Mocinno), Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus), a Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) and several other honeycreepers, against a painted blue background giving the illusion of a forest canopy.
H. 81 x W. 62 x D. 21 cm
Private collection, United Kingdom
This case by Pashley of Clay is highly unusual and artistic. Most cases known by this taxidermist are with European birds and rather plain. This one shows great imagination of the artist, with a tree to the left and the sprouting branches with parasitic plants. Perhaps this case can be seen as one of the highlights from Pashley's oeuvre.
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