A Fine Contemporary Taxidermy Hooded Crow on a Victorian c.1880 Chair

Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian & Contemporary
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1880 & c.2013
Height: 45 inches (the whole)
The Chair: 19.5 inches deep x 19.5 inches wide

The large and fine stuffed and mounted hooded crow (Corvus cornix) specimen perched on a late victorian button-back leather upholstered walnut nursing chair in faded condition with armorial cresting and carved turnings, the whole representing decay.

“Tithonus” by Alfred Lord Tennyson (exert)

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall,
The vapours weep their burthen to the ground,
Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath,
And after many a summer dies the swan.
Me only cruel immortality
Consumes; I wither slowly in thine arms,
Here at the quiet limit of the world,
A white-hair’d shadow roaming like a dream
The ever-silent spaces of the East,
Far-folded mists, and gleaming halls of morn..