Chelsea Owl
Lot 63*
A rare and fine Chelsea model of an owl, circa 1745-49
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 42,368) inc. premium

Lot Details
Chelsea Owl
A rare and fine Chelsea model of an owl, circa 1745-49
Naturalistically modelled in great detail, its talons firmly gripping the irregular rocky base upon which it stands, 20.5cm high (two minor chips)

Footnotes

  • Unlike the series of birds produced at Chelsea during the raised anchor period and based on engravings from George Edwards' Natural History of Uncommon Birds, the very few recorded bird models from the triangle period do not appear to have print sources. The ornithological accuracy of the present lot suggests that it may have been modelled directly from life. Related models are found in Staffordshire saltglaze, creamware and at Bow. A rather more slender Chelsea model of an owl from the red anchor period is illustrated by Frank Stoner, Chelsea, Bow and Derby Porcelain Figures (1955). See also Arthur Lane and R J Charleston, Girl in a Swing Porcelain and Chelsea, ECC Trans, Vol 5, part 3, p 120 where it is suggested that some Chelsea triangle period models were directly copied by the Girl in a Swing (or St James') factory. Only a very small number of Chelsea owls from this period are recorded
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