Black and white Chinese cock pheasant
circa 1750-circa 1752
1744 - 1769
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’.
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 2018–24 Jun 2018
Referenced in 1 publication
Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 54 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58