Origin: English Period: Mid-Victorian & Mid 20thC Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1860 & c.1960 Height: 54.5” (the whole with mount) Width: 16.5” Depth: 20” (with mount)
The large and fine stuffed and mounted barn owl (Tyto alba) specimen, spread-eagled amidst take-off from a beech Victorian side chair showing the original ochre painted finish now distressed commensurate with age.
The Owls by Charles Baudelaire
Under the overhanging yews, The dark owls sit in solemn state, Like stranger gods; by twos and twos Their red eyes gleam. They meditate.
Motionless thus they sit and dream Until that melancholy hour When, with the sun's last fading gleam, The nightly shades assume their power.
From their still attitude the wise Will learn with terror to despise All tumult, movement, and unrest;
For he who follows every shade, Carries the memory in his breast, Of each unhappy journey made.