“Thanks. I just had it stuffed.”
Leslie Nielson and Priscilla Presley – The Naked Gun
While turning a corner at the Maison et Objet Show, we walked straight into this guy’s stare. And for a moment, we thought it was alive. There is something so breathtaking about getting to see a wild animal right before your eyes in all of it’s beauty and splendor.
The closest thing you will find to this is at LA’s own Natural History Museum. Each Hall is designated to a different geographic region with vignettes of taxidermy set against hand painted backdrops to mimic their natural habitats. The African Elephant exhibit will stop you in your tracks.
Maybe it’s the exotic nature of these particular specimens. Everyone has seen Deer before, but a Black Panther? Or the mysterious Dodo Bird which has been extinct for over a century. It’s like walking through Alice’s Wonderland.
If you are in San Francisco, make it a point to stop at Paxton Gate in The Mission. A shop filled with natural curiosities, antique prints and unexpected taxidermy…including a unicorn.
Les Ouiseaux. A menagerie of birds from all over the world.
This wall from a vendor’s booth at the show is extremely inspiring. Busts in mass set against a chintzy floral wallpaper. A far cry from your Daddy’s hunting lodge, that’s for sure. Stop by our Third Street store to see our newly acquired antique hawk and woodpecker. What is your favorite animal?