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An image of Black and white Chinese cock pheasant by Chelsea

Chelsea

(England 1744 – 1769)

Title
Black and white Chinese cock pheasant
Year
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
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

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’.

Bibliography (1)

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