Parrot of St Thomas Coaster

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Indulge in the harmonious blend of art and utility with our Parrot of St Thomas Bird Coaster, a unique masterpiece inspired by the 18th Century watercolour painter, Peter Paillou. More than a simple drinks mat, this product is a canvas showcasing the delicate charm of a pair of Parrot of St Thomas, immortalized by Paillou's 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 Parrot of St Thomas drinks mats.

Parrot of St Thomas Coasters

Immerse yourself in the elegant fusion of artistry and practicality with our Parrot of St Thomas 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, Peter Paillou (c.1720 - c.1790), 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 Paillou's enchanting portrayal of the Parrot of St Thomas, 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 Paillou's charming portrayal of the Parrot of St Thomas, 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 Parrot of St Thomas coaster grace your table?

Firstly, this Parrot of St Thomas 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 Parrot of St Thomas Bird Coasters not only showcase the beauty of Peter Paillou'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 Parrot of St Thomas 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 Parrot of St Thomas 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 Parrot of St Thomas coasters.

Parrot of St Thomas Coasters Specifications

The Parrot of St Thomas 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 Parrot of St Thomas watercolour painting by Peter Paillou, which is sealed with a gloss finish, which protects the artwork and keeps it vibrant and fresh.

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

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 Parrot of St Thomas

Our Parrot of St Thomas 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, Peter Paillou (c.1720 - c.1790) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The watercolour painting of the Parrot of St Thomas was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Paillou.

The original watercolour of the Parrot of St Thomas is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Parrot of St Thomas'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 Turquois-Fronted Amazon

Have you heard about the Parrot of St. Thomas(Scientific name: Amazona aestiva)? No? Well, buckle up, because we're about to introduce you to this fabulous feathered friend! Despite being named after the picturesque Caribbean island of St. Thomas, the Parrot of St. Thomas is actually the Turquoise-Fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) - a South American gem in the world of Amazon parrots. This captivating creature is commonly kept as a pet, which is why you might find it in the Caribbean, spreading its vibrant wings and charm.

Hailing from the lush forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, the Turquoise-Fronted Amazon is right at home in the tree canopies. These clever birds nest in tree hollows and lay three to five eggs at a time, ensuring that their colorful legacy continues.

Now, let's talk about the star of the show: the Turquoise-Fronted Amazon's breathtaking appearance. Dressed in a dazzling green ensemble, this parrot knows how to make an entrance. But it's the striking blue feathers on its forehead and the sun-kissed yellow feathers adorning its face and crown that truly make the Parrot of St. Thomas a sight to behold.

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Parrot of St Thomas 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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