Auzoux Anatomical Models
The Finest Commercially-Made Anatomical Models of the 19th and 20th Centuries
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Louis Thomas Jerôme Auzoux (1797-1880), a French anatomist and physician, saw the need for highly accurate anatomical models, as an alternative to cadaver study, and founded, in the 1820s, a company to make them. Due to the great care and attention to detail that went into their manufacture, hand-painted antique Auzoux papier-mâché models are prized.
A scarce signed and dated 1855 antique anatomical model of the human head by Auzoux. The model is oversized (18" OAH) and termed greatly enlarged by Auzoux. The half of a human head is quite detailed and dramatic. First generation French Auzoux anatomical models are very desirable.
An Auzoux anatomical model of a bisected human head.
An antique anatomical model of the human heart by Auzoux, Paris. This over life-size écorché is highly realistic, as one expects from Auzoux, and it is the finest 19th century commercial model of the heart.
A remarkable Auzoux anatomical model of the tongue, throat, larynx, and windpipe. An Auzoux listing of the 1880s shows a Gigantic Larynx (twelve inches long)... and, sold separately but ...capable of being adjusted to the larynx..., a ...Tongue in the same proportion... This papier-mâché model is 24 inches long overall, and it is a testament to the complexity of the best Auzoux écorché.
A rare life-size antique anatomical model of a uterus and full term fetus. The model is signed by Auzoux (Paris), a company considered to be the finest commercial maker of anatomical models.
A c. 1900 photograph of Dr. James Law (1838-1921), America's first academic veterinarian, before faculty and students in the Cornell Veterinary College lecture hall. Note the Auzoux anatomical model of a horse.
An Auzoux anatomical model of the human heart and lung. It is complete and self-contained; it is an independent piece and not a part of a larger ensemble. The heart, itself, is made of three parts. The model appears to have rarely been taken completely apart before…the pin holes are very tight. Auzoux offered at least four sizes of the human heart. This is the life-size model and it is in very fine condition. The Auzoux anatomical model is an excellent piece that displays well.
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