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Lot 54 (Out of the Ordinary - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 13th April 2021)

A TAXIDERMY ALICORN

A TAXIDERMY ALICORN,
20th century, a taxidermy horse mounted on a metal base, in a rearing position, with mounted swan wings and horn, on two Corinthian capitals,
202cm high excluding base, 239cm high including base
195cm wingspan
195cm long

This work was commissioned by the current owner.

The word 'Alicorn' has its roots in Latin, where it is used to describe the horn of a unicorn. Unicorn horns have been of great medicinal interest since their first mentionings in antiquity and were often featured in cabinets of curiosities into the Victorian era. They were commonly believed to have immense healing powers, as well as the power to purify water and cure most forms of poisoning and intoxication. What was in fact used would likely have been horns of the more common variety, from deers and stags, but also narwhals as these would have been deemed more visually appropriate and more convincing. These would have been ground and ingested in various ways, believed to cure most ailments, and would have been kept by European royalty in the belief that they would ward off disease.

This lot can be viewed prior to the sale at a London SW location on a prearranged basis. In order to arrange a viewing, please contact Mark Wilkinson or Otto Billström at Sworders. Collection from the same location following the sale.

(Qty: 1)

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Estimate
£8,000 - £12,000
 

Buyer's premium: 30.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)


Viewing

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All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description.

Condition report

Wings detachable, and the horse detaches from its base. Generally excellent condition.

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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Out of the Ordinary - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 13th April 2021

Viewing

Although we are currently unable to offer general viewing of all items in our auction rooms, we are pleased to announce that selected items for this sale can be viewed by appointment on 12, 13 and 14 of April.  If you would like to book a time slot to view (maximum of 10 lots), please click on the link below: 

Book Appointment

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description.

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Please note that this item is not suitable for an automated shipping estimate. 

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