Mongoose, mounted in case
Maker and Role
Maker: James Gardner (estab. 1840s, closed 1920)
Taxidermied animal, thought to be a golden mongoose. Named Thomas. Mounted in black painted wooden case with glass front. Case dressed with grasses, moss, lichen and ferns. Background painted light blue. White masking tape frames the join between case and glass. Fraying twine tied to two metal fixtures at top of case, possibly to act as a handle. Partially lost printed paper label on back of case reads 'Indian Implements of', 'Museum of Natural History / Gard [missing], NATURALIST / 52 High Holborn, London. Specimens of Natural History Preserved, Mounted. The Work not to be Excelled'. Provenance states the Mongoose is depicted in a portrait of Thynne-Thomas children, also in the collection, however, the mongoose is a different colour to that depicted in the painting.
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