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Parrot: C.813-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Pottery: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware, decorated with brown slip and dark cobalt-blue pigment. The parrot stands on a brown rock. Its beak is brown and its eyes dark blue-black.


History note: Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 12 November 1924 for £95 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1755 - 1760


This bird resembles a parrot, but the base is similar to those supporting Chinese porcelain figures of hawks, also imitated in Delftware. An interest in natural history was an aspect of the European Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Ornithology was particularly popular and the educated public became familiar with exotic species from imported specimens, and from reading illustrated books such as the four volumes of George Edwards, 'A Natural History Birds'. Some ceramic bird models were based on book illustrations or prints, and others on imported Chinese examples of hawks, parrots, and wading birds.

School or Style

Traditional format

Components of the work

Base And Beak composed of slip ( brown)
Eyes composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.813-1928
Primary reference Number: 76144
Old object number: 4445
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 October 2021 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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