A paradise in miniature
Duck Island’s inspiration comes from an island of the same name, long since
disappeared. It formed part of one of England’s oldest Royal Parks, located in
the heart of London, one of the world’s most fashionable cities. During the
seventeenth century, London’s royalty and nobility developed a passion for
prestigious and luxurious gifts from around the world.
In 1664, the King of England, Charles II, received a magnificent gift of pelicans
from the Russian Ambassador, and chose Duck Island as their home. The
pelicans were regarded as one of the most exclusive and fabulously
expensive presents then imaginable. And after all, what do you give a king
who has everything?