Bittern - Early 20th Century Irish Taxidermy - Botaurus Stellaris - Eurasian Bittern - Professionally Treated - Antique Taxidermy - TX/83
This is a wonderful Vintage example of the Irish Taxidermy style - a Majestic Taxidermied Bittern from the first half of the nineteen hundreds; the early 1900's.
The bittern is a thickset heron with all-over bright, pale, buffy-brown plumage covered with dark streaks and bars. It flies on broad, rounded, bowed wings. A secretive bird, very difficult to see, as it moves silently through reeds at water's edge, looking for fish. The males make a remarkable far-carrying, booming sound in spring.
This particularly fine example has been prepared and styled as a freestanding specimen and shows a large degree of experience, professionalism and knowledge in the mounting and treatment of the bird. This beautiful bird of the Heron family is mounted on what appears to be a piece of bog oak or similar, making an excellent, heavy base for this example of a large specimen of bird.
The Bittern is in very good condition, having previously been within a large glass case together with other examples in a curated collection, since its creation.
Dimensions :- 530mm / 21” tall 380mm / 15" from beak to tail and Bog Oak wooden base that is 175mm 10” wide. The bird and mount together weigh 1 kg or just under 2.2lb without any packaging.