Here’s one from the “It’s a Good Thing” files. Martha Stewart, the undisputed queen of artfully-arranged flower baskets, salad fork etiquette and insider trading, now wants to give you tips on the best ways to maximize the decorative impact of your mounts.
From this story on (Really. No Kidding) marthastewart.com:
Ever since I was a schoolgirl, when I would spend long afternoons in the Newark Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, I have loved the examples of taxidermy more than anything else on display. Men have been stuffing animal skins for hundreds of years, yet the art of taxidermy — mounting or reproducing dead animals for display or for other sources of study — was not perfected until the early 20th century.
_That is when the proper materials and methods of artistic preservation were discovered and developed by a small group of talented naturalists. At Skylands, my house in Maine, I amassed quite a few examples of fine old taxidermy that I found in shops, at auctions, and at local garage sales. The stairway is occupied by a few superb taxidermic examples: ducks, geese, a turkey, a bird, and a baby black bear.
The story has a gallery of Stewart’s mounts situated in various humorous poses around her Maine home, and although I’ve never been a fan of Martha Stewart (her weirdly calm demeanor scares me) I gotta say it’s pretty cool.
What do you think of her display? Do you have any mounts in unusual locations or poses, or are you strictly an on-the-wall traditionalist?