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Zsolnay Pottery Pheasant Figurine, Eosin Iridescent Metallic Glaze
This is an elegant iridescent glaze figurine of a European pheasant. (With a thicker tail than the species in the US, and a rounded head.) The glaze, a shimmering green, changes in the light to show gold and yellow hues as well as varying shades of the green. This is the delightful effect of eosin, the secret formula of the Zsolnay Porcelain Factory of Pecs, Hungary.
The figurine measures 5 1/4" long x 3 1/2" tall. The round pedestal base is 1 7/8" in diameter. The base is recessed, revealing a red clay mix which contains eosin (shown). The chemical substance was used in the structure of Zsolnay decorative objects as well as in the glazes. One of Zsolnay's countrymen calls it "the metallic lustre colouring called eosin." The hollow-based Zsolnay figures which were not marked, were produced only in the early 20th century, so it is safe to say that this lovely piece dates to that time. The base interior has a paper tag on which is penned: 40 / 0238.
There is an unfortunate tiny nick to the beak of the pheasant which shows a bit in these large photos, and only from one side; the little scratch in picture #6 is less than 1/8" long. For these reasons we have priced the piece very low. The overall condition of this regal bird is excellent, with its magical eosin finish.
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Michelle L. d'Anjou & Char d'Anjou, Evanston, IL
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