The Fine Art Group advises institutions and non-profits to perform due diligence around deaccessions in order to meet their individual missions.
We are proud to have advised the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the deaccession and sale strategy of a collection of ornithological rare books, including 19th century illustrated books by John Gould. The books are being offered through Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale ending on December 16th, 2022.
John Gould (British, 1804-1881) was a naturalist and ornithologist that documented exotic birds and other animals across the globe through expertly rendered drawings and watercolors. Gould, with a background in horticulture and taxidermy, had a deep understanding of the natural world and his vast body of work reflects that.
These rare books will be sold to fund the care of the museum’s collection of over 22 million specimens and important objects.
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