Exquisite detail. Signed at base and lid neck, R.W. Martin.
A large glazed ceramic bird jar and lid, modeled by artist Robert Wallace Martin (known colloquially and historically as "Wallace Martin") with wings positioned to side, feathering decorated in tones of black, brown, blue and beige, supported on a round wooden base. The head hand-marked R W MARTIN & BROS LONDON & SOUTHALL 9-1898, with same date to the body. The Martin Brothers (Wallace, Walter, Charles and Edwin) produced a distinctive type of stoneware pottery from the 1870s through to 1914, when their pottery closed. The last brother, Robert Wallace Martin (b. 1843), died in 1923. The Martinware Pottery was best known for their bird sculptures and bowls, fashioned in a whimsical but highly skillful style. These "Wally Birds" vary, and do not represent any actual species, but generally have a large and rather fierce-looking beak, massive feet and talons, and a quizzical look in their large eyes, which have a decidely human shape. Their heads lift off to reveal a cavity in the body, generally intended to store pipe tobacco. Martinware, especially the sculptural pieces, is very popular with collectors; the record auction price is $196,000 for a Martin Brothers bird jar.
Artist: Robert Wallace Martin
Manufacturer: Martin Brothers Pottery
Country of Origin: England To view the video of this item, click the link below: MARTIN BROTHERS LARGE WALLY BIRD GROTESQUE JAR AND LID VIDEO