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Mounted on wood bases with a paper label giving the Latin name for each variety
Size: 19cm high, 7½ ins high (max) 3.5cm high, 1½ ins high (min)
8cm x 8cm square – 3¼ x 3¼ ins square (bases)
The knowledge that some fungi are highly poisonous accompanied by a vague impression that there is no sure way to tell safe ones apart from the dangerous probably accounts for the persistence of these negative feelings. Their ephemeral nature and apparent lack of roots also lend credence to the idea that they are ‘unnatural’ and gives rise to a fear of the supernatural at work.
However, in contrast the French and other Europeans all gather wild mushrooms with great enthusiasm thronging the woods every autumn. These models would have been displayed in an apothecary’s shop window during the season so that the local populace could compare their harvest and positively identify the variety of their finds.