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    Sale 5154

    British & Continental Ceramics & Glass

    5 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 602

    A SCHWEIDNITZ MAJOLICA DRINKING VESSEL AND COVER IN THE FORM OF A BIRD

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED MK WITHIN SHIELD MARK, SHAPE NO. 2610, PAINTED 12

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    A SCHWEIDNITZ MAJOLICA DRINKING VESSEL AND COVER IN THE FORM OF A BIRD
    LATE 19TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED MK WITHIN SHIELD MARK, SHAPE NO. 2610, PAINTED 12
    After a design by Ernest Griset, the comical bird modelled wearing spectacles, an umbrella tucked beneath his left wing, and plumage enriched in hues of blue, green and brown, its beak forming the spout, the cover formed as a top hat
    14¾ in. (37.4 cm.) high (2)


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    Ernest Henry Griset (1844-1907), a Belgium artist living in London, produced comical drawings of animals that he studied at London Zoo, frequently giving them human characteristics. Many of these designs formed the basis of his illustrations for children's books; in particular the revised version of Aesop's Fables, from which a similar bird appears in The Peacock and the Magpie story.

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