Chelsea Bird

Subject: Chelsea Bird
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 13:25:19 +1100
> Paul and Irene Osborn wrote:
> A relative has a dinner set (circa 1930) which is labelled
> "Chelsea Bird" on the back and depicts a bird on the front.
> I am trying to find out what this bird is, if indeed it exists
> outside the imagination of the artist (A. Roberts).

A quick search using turned up the following:

   The Chelsea Bird collection
   Features plates, dishes, pitchers, and vases incorporating
   James Giles' exotic bird designs from the 1760s.

I believe the attribution to James Giles is correct - here is
another reference:
   In the 1760s, large amounts of Worcester porcelain began to be
   decorated by a London porcelain painter, James Giles, in glowing
   enamel colours, and then gilded. The closure of the Chelsea
   factory in 1768 led to the arrival at Worcester of many skilled
   craftspeople with new ideas and techniques. The rococo influence
   was sustained, and wares began increasingly to be decorated with
   the famous 'fish scale' pattern. Vases decorated in this way,
   except for blank reserves, were delivered to James Giles to
   complete, often with birds and flowers.

The bird is apparently a "phoenix".

   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.
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