Davenport covered bowl & stand, ornithological birds inc. Virginian Nightingale, c. 1810
Rare Davenport covered bowl & stand, well painted with four ornithological birds including (lid) ‘Lapwing’ & ‘The Ruff’, (body) ‘Green Finch’ & ‘Virginian Nightingale’, each identified beneath in red capital script.
Unmarked, c. 1810
good condition, minor wear to gold
Ref. Lockett & Godden, 'Davenport' p80 for an example, described as 'very rare'. There is another shape of tureen (illustrated p79) with the same decoration, and it is probable that these were all part of one ornithological service. Another similar service was painted by the 'Hyphen Painter', and the bird images were identified by Moorabool Antiques in 2016 as coming from a 1798-1802 publication, Harrison's 'The Naturalist's Pocket Magazine'. This was in relation to the 'Black-Swan-of-New-South-Wales' plate, and while this is the same manufacturer, it is not by the same artist and probably from a different service.