11 April 2007
A PAIR OF MONTEREAU (B & CIE) ORNITHOLOGICAL CHARGERS
CIRCA 1880, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK AND 35, BLACK PAINTED 'THE VATICAN', SIGNED PARISOT AND WITH LP MONOGRAM
IN THE JAPONSIME TASTE, EACH FINELY PAINTED WITH A COCKATOO PERCHED ON A BRANCH, ITS WINGS OUTSPREAD, AMONG EITHER ROSEBRIAR OR FUSCHIA
13 7/8 IN. (35.2 CM.) DIAMETER (2)
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THE PRESENT BREED OF BIRD, THE SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO, IS RECORDED AS BEING KEPT BY THE POPE AT THE VATICAN IN 1700S, PROBABLY EXPLAINING THE INSCRIPTION ON THE REVERSE.
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