Martin Brothers bird jar brings $34,000



2015-06-26 13:14:43

Martin Brothers bird jar brings $34,000

A striking Martin Brothers stoneware bird jar sold for $34,000 at Bonhams London on April 19

An eye-catching stoneware bird jar, made by esteemed pottery manufacturer Martin Brothers, brought 22,500 ($34,249) to Bonhams London on April 19.

Martin Brothers bird jar auction The distinctive bird jar wears an unusually stern expression

The circa 1887 piece, perched on an ebonised wooden base, sold as part of Bonhams' Ceramic Design auction, which was scheduled for April 17 but cut short when a power failure hit the auction house.

The sale resumed on April 19. A circa 1875 salon table led the auction, bringing 39,650 ($60,396).

A comparable Martinware bird jar made 34,100 ($51,825) at Sotheby's London in April 2008, suggesting, when these unusual pieces come to auction, collectors are willing to pay substantial sums.

In terms of pottery manufacture, Martinware represents the transition from decorative Victorian ceramics to 20th century studio pottery.

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