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PJ Mountney of Cardiff Taxidermy

PJ Mountney of Cardiff

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Mountney of Cardiff

Percival.J.Mountney of Cardiff.

The family firm of Mountney commenced circa 1800's, with a traditional father and son arrangement, so typical at the time when taxidermy was becomming popular. The company commenced work in Bristol and then moved across from England to Wales, establishing premises in Cardiff. This company prepared specimens for Merthyr Museum and the National Museum of Wales. The company closed its operation briefly during The First World War when Joesph Mountney died and his sons were in Europe on active service. Percival Mountney returned from Europe and the Mountney taxidermy company resumed business, with him at the helm.

Herring Gull and Little Auk by Mountney of Cardiff, once owned by Andy Henry

Herring Gull by Mountney of Cardiff, once owned by Andy Henry

Victorian Cormorant by Mountney of Cardiff.

Victorian Heron by Mountney of Cardiff.

Pheasants by Mountney of Cardiff.

Loop Eared Rabbit by Mountney of Cardiff.

Victorian Female Marsh Harrier by Mountney of Cardiff.

Victorian label from Mountney of Cardiff. Cases with this label would have been produced before 1913 as Joseph Mountney died in this year.

Lapwing and Sparrow hawk by Mountney of Cardiff.

Peregrine with prey by Mountney of Cardiff .

Tawny Owl and Lapwing by Mountney of Cardiff.

Victorian Pheasant by Mountney of Cardiff

Mountney also worked at the Booth Museum in Brighton where he prepared specimens for AF Griffith, amongst others and finished his working career at Chaterhouse Musuem. Mountney's cases work of British birds are superb, with well executed mounts and realistic groundwork. The style of groundwork is not typical as normally encountered of cases from Wales or that region of England for that matter. The groundwork tends to be compact and naturalistic in style, suggesting that field observations featured in this man's past-time. Birds and mammals were undertaken, both cased and loose mounts we have observed. Examples of his work are typically created in three sided glass cases, with ornate casework and bases.. Percival.J. Mountney continued operation before his retirement in 1953 and he passed away in 1967. We are always interested in receiving additional information about this taxidermist and we will buy whatever cases are offered to us.

Victorian case of a Magpie with egg by Mountney of Cardiff .

European Coot and Lapwing by Mountney of Cardiff.

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Strange mixed case of Golden Pheasant, Cuckoo and Green Woodpecker by Mountney of Cardiff. Not the best example we have seen.

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