An exceptionnal collection of 53 papier maché Mushrooms by Henrich Arnoldi, circa 1880

An exceptionnal collection of 53 papier maché Mushrooms by Henrich Arnoldi, circa 1880

7000 euros



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Category: Natural history


A very rare and large collection of 53 German botanical models of paper mushrooms made and sold by Henrich Arnoldi.

The models are not signed but the numbers on the mushrooms allow to attribute them without any doubt to Arnolid (see the two last pictures showing a advertisment for the production of papier-mâché mushrooms from Arnoldi).


These are early German models, circa 1880, before the more common models in plaster, from the early 20th century, mounted on large naturalist-type bases.


The collection is generally in good condition, with of course usual accidents of use on 10 models and more important accidents with restorations on 3 models but which in no way distort the realism and the particular beauty of paper mache.



Each model have an handwritten number and a little printed label with its name in latine and german which is glued.


The collection includes the following numbers (species) : 


1 (Boletus edulis), 2 (Boletus edulis), 3 (Agaricus Pomonae), 5 (Agaricus Pomonae), 6 (?), 8 (Peziza geaster),  9 (Morchella rotunda), 11 (Morchella esculenta var fulva), 12 (?), 13 (Amanite muscaria), 14 (Rhizopogon albus), 14 en double, 17 (Cantharellus cibarius), 18 (?), 19 (?), 20 (?),  21 (Agaricus campestris), 22 (Agaricus deliciosus), 25 (Boletus Satanas), 27 (?), 28 (Agaricus rufus), 32 (Amanita muscaria), 42 (Boletus ovinus), 43 (Polyporus ?), 46 (?), 47 (Agaricus sylvaticus), 48 (Agaricus sylvaticus), 63 (Russula ochroleuca), 64 (Russula ochroleuca), 66 (Russula atropurpurea), 67 (Agaricus rubescentes), 68 (Agaricus rubescentes), 69 (?), 70 (?),  71 (Amanita citrina), 78 (?),  83 (Hydnum repandum), 84 (Hydnum repandum), 96 (Scleroderman vulgare), 108 (Polyporus ?), 115 (Agaricus prunulus), 129 (?), 136 (?), 137 (Agaricus pyrogalus), 142 (?),  143 (Russula aurata), 148 (?), 150 (Agaricus psalliota), 172 (Agaricus velutipes), 188 (Boletus subsquamosus), 201 (Agaricus violaceus)


Tow have lost their number in reason of a restoration.


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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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