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Grotesque Bird: M.8-1997

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Grotesque Bird


Designer: Bolten, Arent van (In the style of)
Founder: Unknown (Uncertain)




Bronze, cast. Grotesque figure of a wingless, long-legged bird-like creature. It has a bird-like head and scrawny outstretched neck, beak open wide, the body of a snail and the legs akin to those of an ostrich.


History note: With Cecil Leitch & Kerin by Dec. 1937 when sold to Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC; bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Pamela Sherek from the collection of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory.

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 CE - 1630 CE


The model has been most commonly attributed to the Dutch artist Arent or Arnold van Bolten (c. 1573-before 1633), based on surviving designs by him. The present cast may be later.


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 16 cm Height 18.1 cm Width 8.9 cm
Plinth Depth 9.9 cm Height 2 cm Width 16.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1997
Primary reference Number: 13767
Old object number: B.8.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_8_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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