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item: AO.221
Taxidermy grouping thought to be an ex-display object of a  game bird farm, circa 1940. Species include Californian quail (Lophortyx californica), Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) and King Quail (Coturnix chinensis); mounted on mulga-wood. 68cm tall.
Taxidermy was a serious art-form that had its origins in the study of science as static study objects that were used as museum display specimens so as to educate. The mark of a high skills taxidermist was where they gave a lively, life-like appearance to their specimens. This skill as an art-form became popular with those interested in the advancement of the colonial expansion through the 19th century, as well as to that individual simply interested in their field of science and used as home decoration. Subsequently, the highly skilled taxidermists became highly esteemed members of their community as serious artists. 
Can be bought on-line.