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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1985.2
  • Catalogue No.: 70
  • Object type: Figure of bird on tree trunk
  • Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
  • Period/Date: mid-17th century
  • Dimensions: H. 12.0 cm
  • Provenance: 1985.2
  • Description: Model of a bird on a tree trunk. Hole in tree trunk and in back of hawk. Plain biscuit base. Red, blue and black enamels. Bird, the body replaced, with predominantly blue wings and tail feathers, red breast, red crest on blue head and small patches of red beneath eyes. The trunk roughly decorated in red and blue.

    Formerly at Drayton House, Northamptonshire. The very similar figure at Burghley House was used to cast the body and imitate the enamels; similarly, the tail of this example was used to mend the figure at Burghley. This model is apparently unrecorded elsewhere, and points to the remarkable similarities between the collections now at Burghley and formerly at Drayton; for a discussion of this see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pp. 68, 69.

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