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Continuing the retrospective of Connoisseur birds begun in Part One, we have yet more wonderful avian studies by Christopher Ashenden.

 

LOVES MAJESTY by Connoisseur of MalvernThis romatic sculpture of a pair of white doves, entitled Love’s Majesty, commemorates the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981. It is a limited edition of 25 from that year (1981) and is 14” high (35.5 cm). Retail pricing was $5500 during the mid 1980s. The roses shown on the sculpture are the famous ‘Peace’.

 

 

PEACE ON EARTH by Connoisseur of MalvernFantail doves are also portrayed in Peace On Earth. Twenty inches (about 51 cm) high and 26″ (66 cm) wide, this was a limited edition of only 25 sculptures in 1982. Its retail price rose to $4750 in 1985, and again to $5275 by 1987.

 

 

PEREGRINE FALCON by Connoisseur of MalvernPeregrine Falcon by Connoisseur detailChris Ashenden always does a fantastic job with raptors, and his Peregrine Falcon is no exception. A 1983 limited edition of 25, it stands almost 19” high and has a 30” wingspan (48 cm, 76 cm). See Birds Part One for photos of his Gyrfalcon and Kestrel.

 

 

FLEDGLING WREN by Connoisseur of MalvernFledgling Wren detailThe Fledgling Wren is from the same open edition series as the Fledgling  Blue Tit shown in Part One. In fact it was issued in the same year (1981) and at the same $125 pricepoint which increased to $175.

 

 

FLEDGLING ROBIN by Connoisseur of MalvernThis is the Fledgling Robin from that same series, although this was issued in 1982. It measures 3.5” tall and 5” wide (about 9 cm x 12.5 cm). Retail pricing was slightly higher than the previous two fledglings, being $175 at introduction and $225 by 1987.

 

 

FINCHES IN UNISON by Connoisseur of MalvernA very limited edition (only 10 made) sculpture is Finches in Unison. Released in 1983, it is about 22” high (56 cm) and sold for $5500. The birds shown are Zebra Finches and the flower is a peony.

 

 

GOLD FINCH WITH PLUM BLOSSOM by Connoisseur of MalvernGoldfinch with Plum Blossom dates from 1987 and is a limited edition of 50, approximately 13” high (33 cm). The bird represented is the European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis.

 

 

SAW WHET OWL by Connoisseur of MalvernAnother of my very favorite birds, the diminutive Saw-whet Owl is captured in mid-flight as a limited edition of 50 sculptures. This piece is 14” high and displays a wealth of detail (35.5 cm). This fellow fetched $2400 at retail galleries in 1989.

 

 

TAWNY OWL on base by Connoisseur of MalvernHis larger cousin the Tawny Owl was a limited edition of 100 standing about 15.5” high (39 cm). I have seen this sculpture both with and without a wood base.

 

 

ROBIN IN SPRINGTIME by Connoisseur of MalvernThe friendly British robin is again captured by Connoisseur with Robin in Springtime, an edition of 100 in 1986 for $725.  Size is just about 6.75” high (17 cm).

 

 

AMERICAN ROBIN WITH OAK by Connoisseur of MalvernConnoisseur American Robins additional colorwayIts counterpart across The Pond was not neglected; two years later, in 1988, the American Robin with Oak was released as an open edition. He is 5.25” high and about 7” wide (13cm x 17.75 cm). The second photo also shows the female colorway in the foreground.

 

 

 

WILLOW WARBLERS ON FORSYTHIA by Connoisseur of MalvernWillow Warblers with Forsythia was a limited edition of 25 in 1984, for a retail price of $1950. This beautifully delicate study is 11.5″ (29cm)  high, and 10″ (25.5 cm) wide and deep.

 

 

COAL TIT ON CRAB APPLE by Connoisseur of MalvernAnother limited edition songbird-and-blooms pairing was Coal Tit on Crab Apple, from 1985. An edition of 50 at $1825, it is 12.5″ (31.75 cm) high and 10″ (25.5 cm) wide at the upper portion.

 

 

REDPOLLS WITH APPLE BLOSSOM by Connoisseur of MalvernThe delightful Redpolls with Apple Blossom was a 1984 limited edition of 50 sculptures at $1725. It stands 12.5” high (31.75 cm).

 

 

FIRST KISS by Connoisseur of MalvernFirst Kiss detailFirst Kiss portrays a trio of Ruby-throated hummingbirds feeding from a pink fuchsia in marvelous detail. One almost expects the birds to take flight at any moment! It measures 16.5” high and 13” wide (42 cm x 33 cm). A limited edition of 50 in 1986, it sold for $3250 at introduction.

 

 

CHICKADEE FAMILY by Connoisseur of MalvernThe Chickadee Family was created for Neiman-Marcus as a limited edition offering of 25 pieces. It measures 7.75” high and 11.5” wide (19.5 cm x 29 cm). The backstamp identifies it as a store exclusive.

 

 

GARDENERS FRIEND by Connoisseur of MalvernThe beloved British robin is charmingly portrayed by Gardener’s Friend, a limited edition of 100 sculptures. Issue year is unknown but it appears with a $1200 retail price on an undated but mid-1980s retail price list from a Connoisseur stockist.

 

 

GOLDEN PHEASANT by Connoisseur of MalvernNot every Connoisseur bird was sculpted by Chris Ashenden; the artist who created the Golden Oriental Pheasant was Richard Roberts. An edition of 50 in 1986, it is 18″ (45.75 cm) wide and 8″ (about 20 cm) high on its cherry wood base.

 

 

TOUCAN by Connoisseur of MalvernRichard Sefton, who was best known for his equine and human portraits, sculpted this 19” (48 cm) tall, limited edition Toucan. On a 1989 Connoisseur price list for USA retailers, this piece was priced at $9500. Native to the southern Americas and Mexico, toucans are distantly related to woodpeckers – easy to believe, given the size of their bills! However, although toucans do nest in trees they do not use their bills to make holes; despite its ponderous appearance the toucan’s bill is very lightweight. These birds instead use nesting cavities previously made by other birds or forest creatures.

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