Qua - William Farquhar Tealight Holder (Birds), Set of 2

Qua - William Farquhar Tealight Holder (Birds), Set of 2

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Lacquer on wood, packaged in fabric box, tealights included


14 x 7.5 x 7.5


Qua presents the Tealight Holder, Set of 2, from the William Farquhar collection, with the artworks of the Oriole and the Pitta. It serves as the perfect Singapore housewarming gift and souvenirs for overseas visitors and guests.

THE BLUE-WINGED PITTA, a colourful resident of Southeast Asia and Malaysia, is an uncommon visitor to Singapore. It is often foraging for earthworms and snails in the leaf litter, but can also be perched on low trees such as the wild mangosteen tree as in this drawing.

THE BLACK-NAPPED ORIOLE is an attractive resident throughout Southeast Asia. Orioles build hanging, pouch-like nests of grass, twigs and roots, beneath and between treetop branches.

These are two of the 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, depicting the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula at that time.

The collection comprises 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, the first Resident and Commandant of Singapore (1819-1823), during his prior tenure as Resident of Melaka.

These natural history drawings depict the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, most likely accomplished by local Chinese artists, with inscriptions identifying the species by their English and Malay names.

Farquhar brought this set along with him when he left Singapore, and subsequently donated it to the Royal Asiatic Society in London in 1827. In 1993, it was put up for auction and purchased by Mr G.K. Goh, who donated the entire collection to the National Museum of Singapore.

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