• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 2210

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art & Ceramics

    20 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 266

    A MINTONS MAJOLICA HERON STICKSTAND

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1892, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 1917 AND CYPHERS, SIGNED P.(AUL) COMOLERA

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    A MINTONS MAJOLICA HERON STICKSTAND
    DATE CYPHER FOR 1892, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 1917 AND CYPHERS, SIGNED P.(AUL) COMOLERA
    Modeled standing on a rock next to a spray of bulrushes and other aquatic plants, an open-mouthed fish in its long beak
    40 in. (101.5 cm.) high


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    Paul Comolera, French (1818-1897), was renowned for his work as an expert animalier, modeling naturalistic, life-sized animals and, more specifically, birds. His studio has been likened to a menagerie of birds, fish and reptiles from which he drew inspiration.

    For another of this model see M.G. Karmason with J. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, New York, 1989, p. 55 (the image inverted). Also see Bonham's, London, 5 October 2004, lot 25 for the example from the Minton Museum.