A Beautiful c.1900 Mahogany Cased Lepidopterists’ Collection


Origin: English
Period: Late Nineteenth / Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1895-1910
The Case:
Height: 12 inches
Width: 16 inches
Depth: 2 inches

The glazed mahogany display case with hinged sides for access and off white interior housing a collection of butterflies native to Britain containing approximately forty five specimens of butterfly and moth, in mainly oranges, yellows, browns and whites surviving from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.

The shadow box case is in sound structural order with the mahogany nice and rich and the glazing original and in tact. The specimens themselves are in super order with all remaining in tact and pinned, aside from one, which has dropped loose, and one loose wing. There is the usual amount of loose dust in and around the ensemble. The colours on show remain very vivid.

Lepidoptery, the branch of science dedicated to the study of butterflies and moths, has its own legendary figures, and its history is both long and glorious. The examples within this particular case have a pleasing variation with a nice range of distinctive colours and pattern. The specimens are native to Britain

Much better than a boring landscape, surely?