A Rare Early 19Th Century Taxidermy Miniature Dog.
A rare cased taxidermy study of a miniature dog, early 19th century circa 1830-40 housed in a simple glazed cabinet with a faux wood paint affect and gilt edging on the glass, the dog is standing on a unusual needle work carpet and on the back of the cabinet is its original hanging hook. in totally original untouched condition.
The Victorians were obsessed with breeding dogs of all sizes and breeds, Bizarre monstrosities were produced and extreme forms were often dead at birth or died soon after, many of these animals were preserved by taxidermists. Tiny dogs were popular as Taxidermy mounts but demand outstripped supply so they were often faked.