A rare figural pitcher in the form of an owl, it is from the manufacture of Lez-Mons , Mouzin Lecat, dating it to 1900. It has provenance from a large Belgian collection consisting of over 400 pieces collected over a lifetime.
The owl is so lifelike with his staring eyes and his puffed out chest. He is perfectly formed into a pitcher shape, sitting in the grass, his head forming the spout and the grass forming the handle. The feather details are very textural, his wings stand out from his body. His lifelike eyes and their fixed expression causes the viewer to wait for him to speak. His chest is puffed out, the feather details both in color and texture are lovely. The handle rises up from behind his body and is topped topped with a pink flower. Each feather of his back wings and tail is clearly defined. The vibrant colors and the use of mottled glazing for his feathers give him a richness.
The interior is of a rose pink glaze. The bottom is in deep green with the factory mark stamp at the center. It measures: 11" tall, 4" across the mouth (side to side), his chest circumference at the middle is 16 1/2", from the bottom front to bottom back 6", from the back of handle to front of chest 8".
He is in very good antique condition, there are very slight chips to glaze at the top of the mouth (on the outer brown portion), there is an ancient professional restoration to the (when viewed from the back) bottom right corner of tail, there is typical crazing to the glaze in accordance to age.It is a heavy piece and sits solidly on the tabletop. Please view photos carefully, they are the most accurate description.
It is a rare figure and a stunning example of antique majolica.
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