CH. T’IEN HISTORICAL INFO
- English Champion Ch. T’ien (FEMALE)
- Date of Birth: May 4, 1895 England
- Died August 1903 – she was donated as a taxidermy exhibit to the Tring Museum in London demonstrating an outstanding chow bitch of the day
- Registration number: KCSB 1720A
- Bright orange red with white skirts and tail
- 17″ at withers and 40 lbs.
- Sire: SINGAPORE BOY ( Chinese import shaded red like T’ien – by Chow out of Sing according to AKC stud book)
- Dam: Lady Beaconsfield (Chinese import black rough)
- Breeder: England Mrs. Woodcock
- Owner in England: Miss Ella Casella
- Ch. T’ien was the first red bitch champion in England
- Winner of 12 Championship certificates
- T’ien was voted by The Chow Club membership as one of the top most “typical” chows of the day. Included in the short list was Chow VIII who the first standard was designed after.
Below find a 1908 article describing Ch. T’ien by Miss Casella herself.
After her death in 1903, beautiful T’ien was donated by Miss Casella to the British Museum of Natural History. This is T’ien’s photo in the museum record books from 1908. T’ien died in 1903. Below are the entries of 2 of Miss Casella’s chows in the museum catalog. She felt strongly that these high quality chows should be seen for generations to come as an example of what they ” used to be like”. What a visionary this woman was and according to many articles I’ve read……a well loved and respected breeder. She resided in an apartment in London near Hyde Park and could only have one or two chows at a time.
Below are 3 photos I’ve collected over the years of Ching Foo who was the other dog also donated by Miss Casella to the museum after his death in 1902. The first photo is Ching Foo when he was still alive. The second 2 photos are very old museum postcards of him in the exhibit. As morbid as this may seem to us today, these dogs being preserved for the future was a common way to record important details about famous animals in Victorian times that a photo simply could not capture.
I have contacted the museum and they are helping me identify all of the chow specimens in their collection
Circa 1902 Postcard in the private collection of Sandra Miller