The Last Taxidermist in Paris

By on May 24, 2013

Deyrolle is a 180-year-old taxidermy shop and natural history emporium in Paris. Founded in 1831 by well-known entomologist Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, the shop was home to a historic collection of taxidermy mounts, beetles, butterflies and more until a short circuit caused the building to burn in February 2007.

The building still stood when the smoke cleared, but the collection was destroyed. Thanks to donations, restoration is under way to restore Deyrolle to it’s former glory.

The former glory of Deyrolle is preserved in the pages of the January 1985 issue of World of Interiors magazine in an article titled “The Last Taxidermist in Paris.”

Cover of the January 1985 issue of World of Interiors magazine

The Last Taxidermist in Paris article about Deyrolle

Deyrolle Taxidermy mount showing a cat attacking a pigeon

Some of Deyrolle's exotic taxidermy collection, including pheasants, monkeys, snakes, rabbits and more

A stuffed cat appears to pad across the floor

A strange hallway full of Deyrolle taxidermy

Taxidermy birds, seashells and other interesting items in a class cabinet of curiosity

Drawers full of beetles and butterflies in the Deyrolle Entomological Room

Cow heads, puffer fish and other unusual taxidermy

Birds and human bones hang in the Entomological Room

Birds in a basket hang above an engraved Victorian-era cast iron heat register

Check out the official Deyrolle website: Deyrolle.com

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