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Spherical Bird Form: C.24-2006

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Spherical Bird Form


Potter: Mayer, Jean




Stoneware with shaded yellow ochre to cream glaze, incised with word 'ISRAEL' on the front, standing on a rectangular wooden base painted white

Stoneware with shaded yellow ochre to cream glaze. The bird has a globular body supported on a cylindrical foot. Its stylized head has a circular hole to represent the eye, and its beak is pointing downwards. Inscribed on the cylindrical support with illegible letters, perhaps ending with PX followed by ‘ISRAEL’ on the front. Rectangular wooden base painted white.


History note: Henry Rothschild; by whom lent to Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Legal notes

Given by Henry Rothschild

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Length: 14 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-07-17) by Rothschild, Henry


Late 20th Century
Production date: circa AD 1980 : date uncertain, probably 1980s


Probably stoneware

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Base composed of paint ( white) wood
Bird Height 16.5 cm

Materials used in production

probably Stoneware
yellow ochre shading to cream Glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: illegible letters ending probably 'PX' followed by 'ISRAEL'
  • Location: On front of cylindrical support
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-2006
Primary reference Number: 131305
Old object number: 2002.12
Entry form number: 819
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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