An image of Black and white Chinese cock pheasant

Chelsea

(England 1744 – 1769)

Black and white Chinese cock pheasant

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’.

Year
circa 1750-circa 1752
Media
Ceramic
Medium
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
22.3 x 10.5 x 6.7 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2010.204