Possibly Augustus Frederick Arthur, 4th Baron Sandys (1840-1904) or his wife Augusta, Lady Sandys (1844-1903)
LITERATURE M. H. Blutley, Ombersley Court, Inventories of Heirlooms, 1863, p.76; 'China / A pair of white China cockatoos' Arthur Oswald, Country Life, ‘Ombersley Court’, 9 January 1953, p.96, illustrated in the Library
Overall the glaze is quite uneven and grubby; these are probably factory seconds. The taller bird has the tip of its crest broken and re-stuck, faint crack to base. Chip to the tip of the smaller bird's crest. The impressed numeral: 1847. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."