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Dr SEUSS Unorthodox Taxidermy, circa 1938
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Original/Reproduction: Original Subject: Animals
Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Region of Origin: US
Medium: Wood
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Original taxidermy sculptures by Dr Seuss, circa 1938



Do not mistake these produced originals for the modern day reproductions.

This is the world’s only known complete collection of these creatures; this set of three was purchased in the late 1930’s and has remained intact. Created by Dr. Seuss, these sculptures were first carved from wood, then hand painted and mounted onto small plaques.

This collection would have been originally purchased in the late 1930’s. They were kept in a child’s room, and eventually retired to the storage barn next to a chicken coop in upstate New York.  The set was acquired for a substantial sum in 2004. Though aged and weathered, restoration was not considered for several reasons. They are perfectly charming, and the need of a face-lift is a matter of opinion, because the personalities remain intact. The aged quality imparts character and denotes the history of these priceless pieces of Americana.  These museum pieces were later copied and reproduced as limited edition sculptures by The Chase Group, the licensee of the fine art property originally created by Dr. Seuss.  The limited edition Blue-Green Abelard was re-created in a smaller edition size than the other contemporary sculptures; only 375 pieces. The Tufted Gustard was 375 pieces and the Mulberry Street Unicorn was 850 pieces. All of those resin limited editions are going for big bucks, which is a good way to gage the value of the originals! The limited edition of the Blue-Green Abelard currently retails in the range of 25-28k! and The Tufted Gustard for 15k!  The entire collection is sensationally popular, because the sculptures are not dead old taxidermy beasts, but Unorthodox Taxidermy, filled with whimsy and life!


Today the pieces are part of a larger and very intriguing exhibition by Dr Seuss, in a mideival fortress in France, Chateau de Belcastel, which is a historical monument that is open to the public. The collection includes a pen & ink that was published in The Judge magazine in 1927 featuring Horton’s predecessor and strange creatures and eunuchs. Dr Seuss kept his paintings in his studio, but he created one as a charitable contribution, entitled “Raising Money For the Arts,” which is the only original painting by Dr Seuss on public display in the world, as far as we know. (At some point in time, Dr Seuss’s collection of paintings will go to a museum--either in Springfield Massachusetts or UCSD in Southern California.)   Dr Seuss first used some of these original sculptures in his Esso oil advertising campaign, and photographs of the artist holding various sculptures from this collection are featured in many historical archives as well as the book “The Art of Dr Seuss.” The collection is called “Unorthodox Taxidermy,” and was critically acclaimed. A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition that was launched in 2001 featured educational panels about it, and the biography, “The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing but the Seuss” by historian Charles D Cohen writes extensivly about these sculptures.

Due to the delicate nature of the sculptures, the winner of this rare collection and a guest will be flown to the Chateau where the buyer can oversee the packing, and transport the pieces safely away.  Travel and lodging for three nights in the Castle's Romantic and luxerious Tower suite is included courtesy of Animazing Gallery. This is a trip fit for a "king".


Unorthodox Taxidermy

Geisel embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930’s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Geisel’s father was superintendent. His “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy” was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler.” And “Goo Goo Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast.” Shortly after Geisel created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Ted Geisel “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Ted’s unorthodox taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity. 

(Chase, Robert Jr. publisher. The Chase Group. The Art of Dr. Seuss a Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition.  2004.)

  • Recently featured in the book, Dr.Seuss's Secrets of the Deep written by Caroline M. Smith on pages 214,218.

About Dr. Seuss:

For nearly sixty years, Theodor Seuss Geisel has delighted millions worldwide with his fanciful and often times surreal worlds in which moral and social tales unfold with the ease and excitement of a perpetual child. His unbridled creativity and his ability to touch the hearts of children, parents and grandparents alike go unmatched within the 20th century art world.

As an illustrator, Dr. Seuss reached beyond the scope of most artists; his collection of more than 48 books for kids turned children’s literacy on its head. It began in 1957 with a captivating story about an uninvited cat in a tilted stovepipe hat that created mayhem and magic known as the Cat in the Hat. He was a proponent for equality and became the education of tolerance to a whole generation with books such as The Sneeches, Horton Hears a Who and Yertle the Turtle. Green Eggs & Ham is the 3rd largest selling book of all time! Seuss is also recognized for raising our conscience with hidden and not so hidden morals and messages, such as The Lorax, who remains a hero for environmentalists of all ages.

The 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss in 2004 will be a yearlong celebration that pays tribute to Ted Geisel’s creative and artistic contributions in the 20th century. In 2002, three museum exhibitions opened featuring The Art of Dr. Seuss; one at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, one at the Connecticut Valley Historical Society and the third museum show opened at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, which featured all of the original works from “The Lorax.” A most notable occasion to honor the life of this beloved man was the unveiling of The Dr. Seuss National Memorial & Sculpture Garden, which will remain a permanent tribute to the characters he created.

Other celebrations in this “Seussentennial” are: The Cat in the Hat movie starring Mike Meyers, a major archive exhibition that will be unveiled at the UCSD Mandeville Library and a Postage Stamp to honor Ted Geisel, which will be unveiled on March 2, 2004. Additionally, The American Library Association announces the inception of the Ted Geisel Award in recognition of the country’s best beginner reader book author.


About Animazing Gallery

  • Established in 1983, the gallery has built a reputation for hosting sensational and cutting edge events, acquiring exceptional original artwork, and maintaining a knowledgeable staff with the utmost integrity.
  •  Great American Illustration Art, including rare original and published works can be found in both our SoHo and Belcastel showrooms by Charles Schulz, Maurice Sendak, Tim Burton Productions, Gary Larson, Dr. Seuss, Bill Watterson, Charles Addams and more.
  • Animazing Gallery recently wrapped up an exhibition of conceptual artwork from Tim Burton’s masterpieces & puppets from The Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
  • In 2009, a collaboration with The Morgan & MoMA & Maurice Sendak brought more than 200 pieces of original art from Maurice’s collection, that was the biggest gallery sale and exhibition he had ever had. Animating Gallery still represents the art of Sendak.
  • World-renowned watercolorist Daniel Merriam is part of Animazing’s permanent collection in SoHo, NY and France. 

    Animazing Gallery showcases The Secret Art of Dr Seuss; a sophisticated collection of limited edition graphics, unorthodox taxidermy and bronze sculptures.

  • In 1997, an expansion into Fine Art brought renowned PEANUTS pop art artist Tom Everhart to Animazing for his only gallery appearance of the century. The gallery showcases his originals & graphics exclusively on the US East coast & in France.
  • In 2006, collaboration with United Media and sculptor David Kracov to create and launch an exclusive collection of limited edition PEANUTS sculptures presented in shadowboxes was applauded by collectors.
  • Critically acclaimed watercolorist Daniel Merriam was the guest of honor at his first one man show in SoHo in 2006. His original and graphic works will continue to be showcased permanently, which will redefine Animazing as a serious fine art gallery.
  • Animazing Gallery has showcased, and published exclusively, paintings by internationally acclaimed fine artist Vicky Montesinos in 1998 and 1999. Her work is still showcased at Animazing Gallery in SoHo.
  • Exclusive gallery representative of Walt Disney Art, FOX, Warner Bros., Peanuts, Hanna-Barbera, and Cartoon Network in New York.
  • The gallery has published and distributed to galleries through the nation The Art of Underdog, by creator Joseph Harris.
  • Ralph Bakshi, renowned animator/director/artist showcased his original drawings and oil paintings exclusively with Animazing Gallery since 1996.


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