M. Deyrolle’s Lovely Collection of Taxidermy

At 200 euros for a simple mounted mouse, Paris’ 1831 taxidermy haven is overpriced. It’s also bloated with “no photos allowed” signs, and entirely short of anthropomorphic artistry, But it was also glorious.

Oh yes, it was in fact Michelle’s dream to go…

Now if only I could have showed you a photo of the cuddly lion, it’s back folds so carefully- yet majestically-shaped. Or the acrobatic rabbit, balanced on one paw and juggling what I do remember as cricket balls. Or that sold-out Squelette de Lapin print.

You really would have been impressed. Liu Laoshi would have been as well.

But as it was, we only snuck the one photo. And you really can’t tell much… So I guess you’ll just have to go, oui?

Deyrolle, 46 Rue du Bac, Paris, France

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2 Responses to M. Deyrolle’s Lovely Collection of Taxidermy

  1. MF says:

    I feel like I’ve said this to you before on a taxidermy post, but if you ever get a chance, try to visit the Horniman Museum in southern London. I used to live nearby, and it was filled with taxidermied animals that looked like they’d been prepared by someone who had no idea what the animals looked like in real life. It’s like someone just had a skin, guessed on what the shape of the animal MIGHT be, and just started filling it with stuffing. They’re just so distended, bizarre and all wrong. It’s worth a trip.

    • Andy Deemer says:

      I’ve never been to the Horniman, but Woo loves it. (She didn’t recall the amazing taxidermy, though… so intriguing!) We’ll be in London this summer, though, so will be sure to go! (Along with a side-trip to finally see Jeremy Bentham’s headless corpse!)

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