C18th pair of lead Cockertrice

C18th pair of lead Cockertrice

Code: R0317


H: 13.5" (34.3 cm)W: 12.2" (31 cm)D: 6.2" (15.7 cm)


Rare C18th pair of lead Cockertrice "Heraldic Cockerels", poised in an alert stance, and very unusually wearing a coronet around their necks, presumably made for a royal or titled family. 

Standing on a naturalistic plinth base, with baize to the underside.

A cockatrice is a Greek mythical two-legged dragon or serpent-like creature with a cock's head. It has the reputed ability to kill people by either looking at them, touching them, or sometimes breathing on them.  According to legend a cockatrice would die instantly upon hearing a rooster crow, and having a cockatrice look at itself in a mirror is one of the few sure-fire ways to kill it.

Excellent condition
English circa 1780
Dimensions (ins) 13.5 high x 12.25 wide x 6.25 deep