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Title

Black and white Chinese cock pheasant

circa 1750-circa 1752

Artist

Chelsea

England

1744 - 1769

Alternate image of Black and white Chinese cock pheasant by Chelsea
Alternate image of Black and white Chinese cock pheasant by Chelsea
  • 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
    Location
    18th c European porcelain
    Accession number
    L2010.204
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Chelsea

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  • 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’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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