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Title

Black and white Chinese cock pheasant


Artist

Chelsea

England

1744 - 1769


About

The bird is copied from a plate in Part 2 of George Edwards’s ‘Natural history of uncommon birds’ published in 1747. The original drawing made from a bird in the garden of Sir Hans Sloane is in Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina. If the Chelsea decorator had consulted Edwards’s text he would have known that the bird should have a breast of ‘black with a purple gloss’.


Details


Date

circa 1750-circa 1752


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

soft-paste porcelain


Dimensions

22.3 x 10.5 x 6.7 cm


Credit

On loan from Kenneth Reed


Accession number

L2010.204


Artist information

Chelsea

Works in the collection

23


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 54 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58