I talked about some non-animated animal decor options last Saturday – but today we’ll take a look at the wild world of horns and taxidermy.
It’s a funny thing, game: it’s a trophy, an accomplishment, a show of inherited strength. So why would one want to display someone else’s catch? I’d venture to say it’s because it’s convenient and easy, yet still allows the new owner bragging rights on what the original owner did. Regardless of why – there are loads of horns and heads ready for walls across America. Just see this dealer!
You’ll note that some of the trophies have plaquettes identifying the hunter or the location or the full details of the enormous beast. In some ways, it’s a really unique way to capture a small part of history on your wall, without committing to a specific era.
While horns are a pretty easy thing to integrate into your decor (like I’ve done with these bookshelved antlers), taxidermy is a whole different bird. (sorry – too easy!)
Pieces like the parrot and the monkey are certainly showstoppers – for bad or for worse. The dealer with the monkey joked that he should have collected $1 every time someone asked to take a picture with it — and then donated it to charity. (For the record, I restrained myself from asking if he had a “lissahnce for his mehnkeey,” as if I was Inspector Clouseau. Bonus points if you just quoted the movie in your head!)
While not a subtle art form, taxidermy can be an interesting way to add masculinity, ruggedness, and life (no, really) to a room. I think horns, in particular, look great in dens and great rooms – and I’ve seen them used successfully (read: not scarily or overpowering) in boys’ rooms. Scattered around the house in pairs and trios is another way to add texture, depth, and intrigue to your tablescapes and shelves. And, as long as it was already dead by the time you purchased it, you could probably assuage your PETA fears by reminding others that you were recycling. (At least, that’s what I do for my furs.)
And, if you’re concerned that you’ve lost all feminine hold due to the heads or horns, add a tiara! It’s hard not to be “pretty” in a tiara….
Photos courtesy of: Tracy Collins Decorative Antiques & Tusk Old World Sporting, the Pijnapples, Morning Glory Antiques, and CHBrown Silver & Antiques at Marburger Farm.
Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.