A Good Quality Victorian Dome Cased Taxidermy White Cockatoo c.1880


Origin: English
Period: Late Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1880
Height: 25.5” (the whole)
The Base: 13.5” Wide x 9” Deep

The stuffed and mounted White or Umbrella Cockatoo, Cacatua alba, in good overall condition, perched amidst a well executed naturalistic setting with butterflies, flora and fauna, under a good quality late Victorian glass dome with gold velvet lining on a rectangular base and raised on an ebonised plinth with gold rope twist border survives preserved the late Victorian period.

White Cockatoo by Douglas Stewart

Now they have left the moon out over the paddock.
That should have been shut in the dark with the sun for padlock.
And pale like a ghost it floats where the blue noon burns.
Keep the night’s creatures away! For see, it’s escaping,
Whiter enormous it flies at my red gum flapping in a flurry of snow with black legs reaching,
and turns to a great white cockatoo, that bird or no bird,
shrieks in a voice that only night should have hear and rears up its yellow crest as wild as the moon’s.