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Indulge in the harmonious blend of art and utility with our Dodo Bird Coaster, a unique masterpiece inspired by the 18th Century watercolour painter, Charles Collins. More than a simple drinks mat, this product is a canvas showcasing the delicate charm of a pair of Dodos, immortalized by Collins' skilful brushstrokes. The visual elegance of this historical reproduction accentuates every sip you take. Its vibrant hues and intricate details offer a sublime visual experience, while its high-quality construction ensures protection of your surfaces. Experience a touch of nature's beauty, coupled with the sophistication of the 18th Century art, right at your dining table or in your drawing room with our Dodo drinks mats.

Dodo Coasters

Immerse yourself in the elegant fusion of artistry and practicality with our Dodo Coasters, a distinguished addition to any dining room, drawing room or coffee table setting. Inspired by the meticulous brushstrokes of the acclaimed 18th Century watercolour painter, Charles Collins (c.1680 - 1744), these coasters serve as more than just functional items - they are a conversation starter, tiny canvases which transform your everyday dining experience into something special and unique.

The bird coasters feature a vivid reproduction of Collins's enchanting portrayal of the Dodo, exquisitely painted in fine detail. The drink mat artwork's intricate details and delicate hues are meticulously replicated from the original painting to your coasters, bringing a touch of nature's beauty right onto your table.

Featuring Collins's charming portrayal of the Dodo, the bird coaster encapsulates his meticulous attention to detail and vibrant colour palette. Each brushstroke comes to life on the coaster, transporting you back in time to an era of unparalleled artistic endeavour.

But why should this unique Dodo coaster grace your table?

Firstly, this Dodo drinks mat is about embracing timeless elegance. Each sip of your favourite drink is enriched by the stunning artistic backdrop. It adds a splash of charm and historical sophistication to your home decor, turning everyday moments into an enriched aesthetic experience.

Secondly, it's about the union of beauty and functionality. Crafted from high-quality, durable materials, our Dodo Bird Coasters not only showcase the beauty of Charles Collins's artwork, but also protect your furniture from unwanted drips, heat or cold. They safeguard your surfaces against water rings, stains, and heat damage, maintaining the pristine condition of your furniture over time.

Lastly, it's about sustainability and care. Regular use of coasters significantly reduces cleaning efforts and enhances the longevity of your furniture. By choosing our Dodo Coasters, you're also making a conscious choice towards an eco-friendly lifestyle, minimizing waste generated by single-use mats and promoting sustainable practices.

In essence, our Dodo coasters are more than a functional accessory. It's a testament to timeless beauty and elegance, a practical home necessity, and a reflection of your admiration for art, history, and nature. Bring fine art to your home in a unique way with a slice of the 18th Century in our Dodo coasters.

Dodo Coasters Specifications

The Dodo Coasters are made from 4mm thick medium-density fibreboard with a protective cork base to help protect your surfaces. The top surface of the coasters is printed with the reproduction of the Dodo watercolour painting by Charles Collins, which is sealed with a gloss finish, which protects the artwork and keeps it vibrant and fresh.

The Dodo Coasters are created using a dye sublimation print process, which gives each coaster a crisp and vibrant image of the Dodo.

The coasters are available in sets of two or six mats.

  1. Available in sets of 2 or 6 drinks mats.
  2. Dimensions: 10cm x 10cm (4 inches x 4 inches).
  3. Materials: Cork and wood.
  4. Rounded corners.
  5. Superb print quality and vibrancy.
  6. Protective cork backing.

The Taylor White Collection's 18th Century Watercolour Painting of The Dodo

Our Dodo fine art print comes from the original collection of Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772). In the mid-18th Century, White commissioned the celebrated wildlife painter, Charles Collins (c.1680 - 1744) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The watercolour painting of the Dodo was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Collins.

The original watercolour of the Dodo is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Dodo's plumage and features in stunning clarity. This depth of colour and detail has been captured brilliantly through the digitalisation process and is replicated for you on this delightful fine art print, which is now available for your home or office décor, or to buy as a thoughtful gift for your friends and family.

Taylor White, a barrister by profession and landowner on the Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire border, was a keen naturalist and collector. He commissioned over 900 paintings of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from the finest painters of his day. He was a governor and the founding Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London, as well as being a Fellow of The Royal Society. He was extremely well-connected in Society, which enabled him to create such a world-class collections of specimen and thus paintings. White's father in-law was Major-General John Armstrong, who as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Chief Royal Engineer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces, has his offices in The Tower of London. Consequently, Taylor White had access to the birds and beasts of The Royal Menagerie at the Tower. He also was able to borrow specimen from The British Museum. Some rarer and more exotic specimens were brought back from their great travels across the globe by his Royal Society friends, the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, Bt. and the famous clockmaker, John Harrison.

The Mauritius Dodo

The Mauritius Dodo (Scientific name: Raphus cucullatus) once strutted its stuff on the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. A close cousin of the pigeon, this quirky creature stood tall, with a height of about 1 meter!

In 1598, Dutch sailors first laid eyes on the Dodo, and their records painted a vivid picture of this unique, flightless bird. But, oh dear! Over the course of just 65 years, the mighty Dodo met its tragic demise. Unsuspecting of humans and unable to take to the skies, the Dodo was an easy target for sailors seeking a tasty meal. The bird's habitat was also destroyed, further sealing its fate.

Alas, the last known sighting of the iconic Dodo was in 1662. Hunted to extinction, this captivating creature has left an indelible mark on our language and culture, inspiring the popular saying, "As dead as a Dodo," to describe something that no longer exists.

So, the next time you hear someone mention the Dodo, remember the intriguing tale of this unforgettable bird, and let its story serve as a reminder to cherish and protect our planet's precious biodiversity!

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Dodo Coasters will take 3-5 working days. It will then be despatched via a tracked postal service, carefully packaged for safe delivery to you around 48 hours later.

Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.

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