Pair Birds in Branches C1749

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Porcelain Figurine

Pair Birds in Branches

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Two pairs of feeding birds, each bird on a branch from a low divided tree stump.  All four birds basically identical, with each pair symmetrically perched in facing positions. The birds  apparently solid, and all somewhat naively hand-modelled with bulbous eyes, exaggerated beaks, (with the remains of a worm), disproportionately detailed representation of wing and tail feathers, and very heavily undercut markings on the upper wings. The birds in a dense, heavy porcelain body,  with a dull blue-grey glaze with considerable similarity to the Bow  ‘drab ware’ glaze. No discernible translucency, presumably due to the heaviness of the moulding.

The trunk bases of each pair with probably somewhat slightly later attached mounts of green tôle piente  leafy branches terminating in white Derby porcelain flowers. Dimensions, overall: H. 8.0 in (20.3 cm) to top of bocage.

Provenance: Collection Mr and Mrs J. H. Marlow; with Albert Amor, Birds in Branches, London, 2000, #14.

Small chip under wing on one bird filled;  missing leaf and chips to petals on one bird and end of stump on one restored. 

Additional Information

Item# 4796
Manufacturer Bow Porcelain Factory
Year C1749
Height 8"
Width No
Diameter No
Shape Number No

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ABN 99 681 857 622