A Victorian taxidermy lion skin rug with full head

A very attractive antique taxidermy rug.

This rug dates to the late 19th or very early 20th century and was made in India. It shares similarities with known makers like Theobald Brothers (the eyes) but we cannot attribute it accurately.

This rug in in good overall condition with wear as seen, and is partially backed on a rough hessian weave (with losses). It looks like it may also have once had a brown felt backing.

A large example at 273cm x 181cm.

All claws are present (5/5/4/4), and we believe this example also has its teeth (possibly its skull too?) which we think have been overpainted.

Excellent quality glass eyes. Plaster interior of the mouth- well modelled and complete.

This piece will not be to everyone's taste - we would much prefer to see this beast alive - but having been mounted in a time with different values to ours, we prefer to preserve and enjoy this piece, rather than lose it.



All approximate

273cm nose to tail

Excluding tail 198cm

Front width 181cm

Back width 180cm


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact.


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