Unusual sort of bird form/abstract pitcher (Picassoesque)

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Unusual sort of bird form/abstract pitcher (Picassoesque)

Post by postmodernnut on June 28th 2013, 8:13 pm

This pitcher at 36.2 cm. tall with no markings has us guessing.  It is quite heavy and made of a reddish stoneware clay.  The color in the images are lighter than in real life, darker brown with a light beige background.  We just added it to the collection, having traded from another collector who also knew nothing about it.  We would appreciate any information/thoughts/suggestions someone may have.  We think it may have originated in Europe.  The face has been painted on, whether that was at the studio or later, is unknown. Thanks for looking.
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Post by NaomiM on June 28th 2013, 9:13 pm

I suspect it's a copy of a traditional/Classical form, but which country it's from, or how old it is, I couldn't say. Might be worth taking it to a museum to see if they recognise it.

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Post by postmodernnut on June 29th 2013, 6:17 pm

I see totally what you mean, hadn't thought of that aspect. No museum in the area, so will have to find a different avenue. Thanks
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Post by NaomiM on June 29th 2013, 6:24 pm

You could email some photos to The Smithsonian. They've helped me in the past, but you need to narrow it down to a Department; they don't seem to pass on Id requests to their other departments if you ask the wrong one.

Or start local and ask the Illinois State Archaeological Survey

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Post by NaomiM on August 17th 2013, 11:49 pm

I see what you mean about it being Picasso-esque

http://www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/en/picasso/le-musee/picasso-a-vallauris/index.htm

Maybe take it to one of the big auction houses for a second opinion.

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Post by studio-pots on August 18th 2013, 10:19 am

Not Picasso or Vallauris though because of the stoneware that it is made from.

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Post by NaomiM on February 25th 2017, 12:42 pm

Came across a couple of Picasso-esque pieces by Geoffrey Eastop, made after Aldermaston. Maybe one of his?

http://www.antique-collecting.co.uk/celebrated-potters-collection-for-sale/


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Post by studio-pots on February 25th 2017, 5:51 pm

I bought a similar one to the one of Geoffrey's illustrated in the link directly from him in 2010. The stoneware he used had a white body and it has a painted signature.

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