Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats

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Indulge in the harmonious blend of art and utility with our Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats, a unique masterpiece inspired by the 18th Century watercolour painter, Charles Collins. More than a simple placemat, this product is a canvas showcasing the delicate charm of a Red-Billed Tropicbird, immortalized by Collins' skilful brushstrokes. The visual elegance of this historical reproduction accentuates your table's setting. 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 with our Red-Billed Tropicbird table mats.

Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats

Turn your meals into a sensory experience as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the bygone era with our stunning, bird art-inspired Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats. They are not just placemats - they are a statement, a conversation starter, and a tasteful reflection of your love for art and history.

Our Red-Billed Tropicbird placemats feature a beautiful, 18th Century watercolour painting of a Red-Billed Tropicbird by renowned watercolourist, Charles Collins (c.1680 - 1744), painted in fabulous detail and displaying the style of the period. Lovingly reproduced using dye-sublimation technology, the artwork on each placemat serves as a mini art exhibit right on your table. The high-quality gloss finish enhances the vibrancy of the image and adds a sophisticated touch to your dining experience, also making it a breeze to clean the placemats with a simple wipe of a damp cloth.

These placemats are crafted from medium-density fibreboard (MDF), a material that’s lauded for its resistance to cracking, peeling, and warping. It assures a perfect balance between lightweight design and remarkable durability. The base of each Red-Billed Tropicbird placemat boasts a protective cork backing, which not only prevents slips and spills, but also protects your precious furniture surfaces from scratches and heat or cold damage. No more worrying about those hot dishes and messy spills! Our Red-Billed Tropicbird placemats are simple perfection, adding practicality to your meals without sacrificing style.

Your table setting should reflect your personality and taste. The exquisite artwork and quality of these Red-Billed Tropicbird placemats make them the perfect choice for those who appreciate the unique blend of art, history, and function. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply enjoying a meal at home, our bird placemats are designed to impress and inspire.

Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats - where history, art, and practicality come together to create a masterpiece that’s just as unique as you are. Don’t just serve a meal. Create an experience!

Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats Specifications

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

The Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats are created using a dye sublimation print process, which gives each placemat a crisp and vibrant image of the Red-Billed Tropicbird.

The placemats are available in sets of two, four of six mats.

  1. Available in sets of 2, 4 or 6 placemats.
  2. Dimensions: 11in x 8in (28.5cm x 20cm).
  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 Red-Billed Tropicbird

Our Red-Billed Tropicbird 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 Red-Billed Tropicbird was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Collins.

The original watercolour of the Red-Billed Tropicbird is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Red-Billed Tropicbird'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 Red-Billed Tropicbird

The Red-Billed Tropicbird (Scientific name: Phaeton aethereus) is a fascinating avian species known for its iconic red bill and mainly white plumage. These medium-sized birds, which are native to tropical oceans worldwide, spend most of their lives at sea, only returning to land for breeding purposes. Their diet consists primarily of fish and squid, which they capture by plunging into the water from heights of up to 40 meters.

The Red-Billed Tropicbirds typically breed once annually, laying a single egg in a cliff crevice or an inaccessible ledge, with both parents sharing the incubation and chick-rearing duties. It takes about 90 days for the chick to become fully independent. Interestingly, these Tropicbirds mature slowly, only developing their full plumage at 4-5 years old and beginning to breed around the same age. They are also known for their intricate aerial displays during courtship, which include the rare ability to fly backwards.

Despite being classified as a species of Least Concern, certain populations of the Red-Billed Tropicbird face threats from invasive species, habitat loss, human disturbance, and climate change. Efforts to understand and appreciate these magnificent creatures, as well as address the challenges they confront, are essential for their continued survival. The Red-Billed Tropicbird serves as a remarkable example of the diverse and vibrant life thriving in our planet's tropical regions.

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Red-Billed Tropicbird Placemats 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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