Collection of 36 mushrooms in papier mache by Arnoldi, circa 1880

Collection of 36 mushrooms in papier mache by Arnoldi, circa 1880

3000 euros



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Categories: Medicine, Scientific, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques, Natural history


A very rare collection of 36 German botanical models of paper mushrooms made and sold by Henrich Arnoldi, circa 1880/1890.


The models are not signed but the numbers on the mushrooms allow to attribute them without any doubt to 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) : 

6 (?), 9 (Morchella rotunda), 11 (Morchella esculenta var fulva), 12 (?), 13 (Amanite muscaria), 17 (Cantharellus cibarius), 18 (?), 19 (?), 20 (?), 21 (Agaricus campestris), 22 (Agaricus deliciosus), 25 (Boletus Satanas), 27 (?), 28 (Agaricus rufus), 32 (Amanita muscaria), 46 (?), 47 (Agaricus sylvaticus), 48 (Agaricus sylvaticus), 63 (Russula ochroleuca), 64 (Russula ochroleuca), 66 (Russula atropurpurea), 67 (Agaricus rubescentes), 68 (Agaricus rubescentes), 71 (Amanita citrina), 78 (?), 108 (Polyporus ?), 115 (Agaricus prunulus), 137 (Agaricus pyrogalus), 142 (?), 143 (Russula aurata), 148 (?), 150 (Agaricus psalliota), 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 at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, 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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