Grotesque bird, England

Grotesque bird, England

Grotesque bird
England, Southall
About 1887
Made by the Martin Brothers; modelled by the Robert Wallace Martin (1843-1923)
Salt-glazed stoneware, with turned wood stand
Museum no. C.1151&A-1917
Given by Alfred R. Holland, Esq.

The eccentric stoneware of the Martin Brothers epitomises the energy and experimentation of the 19th-century art pottery movement. This jar, possibly for tobacco, illustrates the principle that pottery should be a means of artistic expression, rather than the result of industrial production.

The brothers drew on an eclectic range of sources. This piece may have been inspired by traditional English owl-shaped jugs with removable heads.