This Christie's sale is really something out of the ordinary
If you're enjoying delving into the history of taxidermy in the November issue of Homes & Antiques you might like to snap up a few conversation pieces of your own in this extraordinary Christie’s sale.
Forget your run-of-the-mill stoats and foxes, we're talking a zebra sporting a trilby and a moose in a mortar board (both £2,000-£3,000). These pieces, and more including an American Eskimo dog (£600-£900), hail from the collection of
James Perkin, who bought the magnificent Aynhoe Park in the Cotswolds in 2005, which he restored and filled with wonderful objects from all over the globe in the manner of an 18th century grand tourist.
It's hard to believe you could outgrow a Palladian mansion but there aren't many properties that can accomodate two giraffes and countless giant plaster models and James has decided to scale down the collection - or maybe just make room for future acquisitions.
James's friend Andrew Lamberty, of Channel 4’s Four Rooms who we quizzed on our Q&A page in the May 2012 issue, has also come on board to sell a few of his exceptional pieces. As well as taxidermy, lots include modern art, fine furniture and many more rare and curious objects.
‘Aynhoe Park - A Modern Grand Tour’ takes place at Christie’s South Kensington on Tuesday 9th October at 10.30am