A DELICATE CASE WITH TAXIDERMY HUMMINGBIRDS ATTRIBUTED TO ROWLAND WARD (1848-1912)
England, circa 1890-1910, the front glass engraved for ‘The Jungle, Piccadilly Circus, London”
The bottom of the plain taped glass case with faux-rockwork and grass, with a branch sprouting from the top left on which thirty vividly iridescent coloured hummingbirds are perched.
H. 76 x W. 56 x D. 9 cm
This is one of the most unusual cases by Rowland Ward to appear at the market, due to the almost abstract composition of branches and birds. The sheer talent for taxidermy in the Ward family can be clearly seen while observing both the present case and the fire-screen by Rowland’s father Henry Ward (1812-1878) from our collection.