Through portico of my elegant house you stalk
With your wild furies, disturbing garlands of fruit
And the fabulous lutes and peacocks, rending the net
Of all decorum which holds the whirlwind back.
-Sylvia Plath, “Conversation Among The Ruins”
If you have ever visited Eden, you’ve no doubt encountered George, our six foot tall taxidermy peacock (we also introduced him here a few months ago.) George has graced a few spots in the shop, most recently our holiday window:
Peacocks have made appearances in a number of famous boutique windows as well as some very elaborate retail displays:
Lower right image: George at Eden. All other images from here.
A number of very glamorous people (including Liberace, Phyllis Morris, Elton John and fashion designer Anna Sui) have also decorated their abodes with these stunning stuffed birds. Here’s a taste of some spaces made more bold with the inclusion of taxidermy peacocks:
Fancy the idea of owning your very own peacock with which to grace your home’s elegant porticos?
Order one by emailing info[at]edenportland.com or calling (503) 222-2285 during business hours. Rest assured, these birds die natural deaths and are not farmed for taxidermy purposes!
If you love the look of peacocks and are not ready to commit to a bird of your own, consider one of our decorative embroidered throw pillows:
Introducing George! His full name is “Gorgeous George” and no, we didn’t make that up – this stunning stuffed peacock was christened by his maker -er, taxidermist- a talented man by the name of Joel Mark Donahoe.
If you’ve been to Eden, then you’re probably already acquainted with George. He is, after all, one of the first focal points upon walking through our doors. Perching at a prime vantage-point on a shelf next to our front desk, George is not just handsome but tall – measuring nearly 7 feet from crest to tail. And while he is currently the main mascot of Eden (until a shop kitty comes along,) it is possible to order a peacock of your very own. (Imagine that!)
George and other taxidermy peacocks like him are hand crafted in Selah, Washington by Mr. Donahoe. Donahoe founded his company, Natures Designs, in 1978 and has been active in running it ever since.
Growing up in East Africa as the child of missionary parents, Donahoe became interested at a young age in conservation and wildlife protection. The first animal he “created” was a stuffed “panther” made from sheepskin. His hobby blossomed into a career several years later.
Interior decorator and designer Phyllis Morris (another fascinating character) began stocking Donahoe’s animals in her catalog and soon after, they found themselves in many celebrity homes. (Morris counted among her clients Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Gypsy Rose Lee, Liberace and Joan Collins.)
Despite it not being the mansion of a notable celebrity, George is proud (aren’t all peacocks proud?) to protect and oversee daily operations at Eden. He’s a wonderful representative of Donahoe’s stuffed peacocks and would love to tell you all about his kin (who he assures us would be proud to share your home with you.)
Interested in ordering a peacock? Come have a word with George or email info[at]edenportland.com
A first peek at a few items from Eden’s inventory.
Clockwise from top left: The Worlds of Hunt Slonem by Dominique Nahas • Serge Lutens Perfume in “Fille en Aiguilles” • Lily Lambert Perfume “Pavo” • George, the resident stuffed peacock (available by special order) • Flock notecards & envelopes set • MOR Black Currant Iris fragrant candle • Colorful Thai incense sets • Ring from Pure Jewelry by Annie Montgomery.