Perhaps there’s a better word to describe this trend, and I’m totally open to suggestions! But, at Marburger Farm, I saw a neat array of animal heads that weren’t taxidermy — they were papier-mâché, carved wood, plaster, etc. For those who get the willies when faced with teeth that previously tore flesh, or fur that could have better been used as a coat (sorry, not sorry), these animal heads are a great alternative. Art forms in and of themselves, they have the rugged appeal of a sportsman without the implied thought of death.
I’m also including duck decoys, as there were plenty to choose from, and they had that same outdoorsy appeal. A decoy, in fact, may be a good introductory way to use animal-themed decor without much commitment; a duck on a bookcase is much less obvious than a bear face on the wall! The wax hand – well it’s not really part of this category, but it was too interesting (and almost grotesque!) not to include. A nest in a dome is a sweet tribute to Mother Nature. You’ll notice that even Staffordshire and Majolica have some taxidermy-ish options. And, there were folk art alternatives, some more figurative than literal, that were art and animal in the most beautiful way.
Photos courtesy of: Evelyn Jones Antiques, Suzanne Fox Antiques, Sheffield Antiques, Madelena, Tracy Collins Decorative Antiques & Tusk Old World Sporting Life Antiques, Vintage Sculpture, Dolan Geiman, D. Redington Design, and the Pijnapples at Marburger Farm.
Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.