Van Ingen & Van Ingen of Mysore
VanIngen&VanIngen or Van Ingen of Mysore were Indian taxidermists located in Mysore, South India, best known for their tiger and leopard taxidermy trophy mounts. Morris states in A History of Taxidermy; Art, science and bad taste (2006) that Van Ingen factory processed more than 43,000 tiger and leopard trophies in less than 90 years of operation. Their taxidermy today is still found throughout the world in the form of head mounts, full mounts, flat animal rugs, and rug mounts with heads attached. The firm was established by Eugene Van Ingen in the 1890s and served the highest in international nobility as well as the Maharajas of India, preserving their "shikar" hunting trophies in the most lifelike poses and in the utmost beauty, with attention to detail like no other in their time of operation.
Their work was synonymous with quality and fine workmanship, constructing moulds, mannikins, glass eyes, tongues, teeth and even whiskers for jobs of all different sizes of big cat skins and hunting trophies that customers would bring to them. The "snarling" open mouth expression of finished big cat mounts was one of the Van Ingen's trademark qualities, a feature rigorously studied and made possible only by special head moulds which had specifically built grooves on the nose area. Glass eyes were imported from Germany, hand-painted individually by a factory workman each pair painted specifically for each individual taxidermy mount. Van Ingen constructed mannikins and moulds of all sizes meaning they could produce mounts of consistent quality for a variety of poses from head mounts to full mount life-size pieces.
Moghul royalty in India hunted tigers for pleasure but also out of necessity for tigers were abundant and killed many people, and often took important visitors, just as the previous owners of this skin, on a hunting trip.
Tigers were hunted to the brink of extinction up until far in the 20th century. Nowadays, most, fortunately, tiger numbers are rising in India and protection has established vital populations of these majestic animals.
We will donate part of the revenue on these specimens to a tiger conservation fund.
A PAIR OF EXTREMELY RARE TAXIDERMY TIGER HEADS BY VANINGEN&VANINGEN, MYSORE
India, 1935, shot by Prince of Teck, the Duke of Athlone
Both with the famous hand-shaped VanIngen expression and Wiener hand-painted eyes, in resemblance of the real tiger, to keep the spiritual power of it alive.
H. 75 cm each
- Prince of Teck, Alexander Cambridge, the 1st Earl of Athlone, the 4th governor ofSouth-Africa and the 16th governor of Canada, cousin to King George V,
- Private collection, United Kingdom
A FINE TAXIDERMY TIGER SKIN RUG (PANTHERA TIGRIS) BY VANINGEN&VANINGEN, MYSORE
Circa 1946, taken by T.G. Macneill, Rehabari, Northern Assam, North Eastern India, 23/02/1946
With the famous VanIngen gnarling face, Jaw agape, hand-painted glass eyes, mounted upon typical original canvas backing, Van Ingen care label to verso, and Van Ingen Mysore stencilling to a canvas backing.
L. 250 cm (nose to tail)
W. 161 cm (across fore-limbs) / 138 cm (across rear-limbs)
Collection T.G. Macneill, United Kingdom
Shot by him in Rehabari, Northern Assam, North-Eastern India om 23/02/1946, including a photocopy of the original entry into Van Ingen & Van Ingen order books.
AN EXTREMELY LARGE TAXIDERMY TIGER SKIN RUG (PANTHERA TIGRIS) BY VANINGEN&VANINGEN, MYSORE
Early 20th century
With the famous VanIngen gnarling face, Jaw agape, hand-painted glass eyes, mounted upon typical original canvas backing, Van Ingen care label to verso.
L. 305 cm (nose to tail)
Noble collection, the Netherlands