The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
D911 Botanical model, fungus, Agaricus melleus or Armillaria mellea, plaster / papier-mache, made by Viktor Dürfeld, purchased from Chrétian Vetter, Hamburg, Germany, 1890. Click to enlarge.

Botanical model of ‘Honey coloured Armillaria’ Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus

Made in Hamburg, Germany, Europe, 1890.

Louis Thomas Jerome AUZOUX (1797-1880) Born in Normandy, Louis Auzoux obtained a medical degree in 1818 and was appointed to the surgical department of the Hotel-Dieu, with celebrated Dupuytren, the ‘Napoleon of surgery.’

The shortage of anatomical teaching materials prompted Auzoux, a year later, to begin experimenting with making models. . Models in wax were available but were very expensive. In contrast, papier mache was comparatively inexpensive, stable and able to be easily moulded. Furth...

Summary

Object No.

D911

Object Statement

Botanical model, fungus, Agaricus melleus or Armillaria mellea, plaster / papier-mache, made by Viktor Dürfeld, purchased from Chrétian Vetter, Hamburg, Germany, 1890

Physical Description

Plaster & Papier-Mache Models of Fungi:- "Honey coloured Armillaria" Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus, Vahl; Locality: United States (SB). "No. 911 D. / HONEY-COLOURED ARMILLARIA. / Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus, Vahl. / Very common on dead stumps. / Edible, but not Recommended." (PL). Plaster & papier-mache model of fungus:- Honey coloured Armillaria - Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus, Vahl (LC).

Details in German on label on underside of base #636.
Torn paper label on front of base '9. HONING - RINGLING - ESSBAR'.
Four fungi at various stages of development emerge from single point. Stems and caps have defined scales covered with brown flecks. Stems shaded orange/brown fading to cream. Mature fungi has white ring and all have white gills. Cups are rounded and fleshy

Production

Made

Hamburg, Germany, Europe 1890

History

Notes

Purchased 20/7/1890. Details 1891 Annual Report (page 8) under 'PURCHASES (specimens). Models of Edible poisonous and suspected Fungi (chiefly European).

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1890

Acquisition Date

22 July 1890

Cite this Object

Harvard

Botanical model of 'Honey coloured Armillaria' Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 May 2019, <https://ma.as/226054>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/226054 |title=Botanical model of 'Honey coloured Armillaria' Agaricus (Armillaria) melleus |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 May 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Store 4 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

Know more about this object?

TELL US

Have a question about this object?

ASK US