Hooded Mergansers by Cullingford of Durham circa 1890


Two hooded Mergansers by Cullingford of Durham, male and female, circa 1890’s


Cullingford of Durham worked mainly for schools and museums making his work comparatively rare in private hands. These Mergansers came out of Ushaw College, near Durham, and were sold at Sotheby’s in the 1960’s with many other cases by Cullingford. This auction was the first time taxidermy had fetched any real prices for decades. Most cases, including these Mergansers, were bought by legendary bird painter Raymond Ching. A copy of a newspaper clipping displaying Ray with all of his purchases at the Sotheby’s sale in 1968 will be provided to the buyer (the Mergansers can be seen in the top left hand corner). Despite their modern appearance, this case was produced for the college during the 1890’s.