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Ostrich: M.24-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)




Production: Unknown




Ostrich strutting, with wings raised and beak open. Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast.


History note: E.L. Paget Collection; His Sale, Sotheby's, London, 11-12 (12) October 1949, 'The E.L. Paget Collections, Catalogue of the well-known collections of fine Italian bronzes, majolica and European ceramics, Limoges enamels, ivories and sculpture the property of the late E.L. Paget, Esq.', lot 206; bt A. Spero (£260); sold to Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958); bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek; bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen DSO, MC, in his memory.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Hon 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: 30.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late-17th Century, Early#
Circa 1575 CE - 1625 CE


Described as 'Studio of Giovanni da Bologna, late 16th/early 17th century' when sold in 1949, and later attributed to Pietro Tacca.

School or Style



  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.24-1997
Primary reference Number: 14023
Old object number: B.25.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_24_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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