Carefully sculpted and decorated in delicate, bright colors, this is the 1940s version of the Stangl Cockatoo. The colors are blue, yellow, white, pink, green and black, all lightly applied. The bird’s tall crest is pierced to give definition to the plumes, a feature which did not appear in later versions (Runge p. 119). This is a wonderful bird figurine, imaginatively colored, with a very expressive face.
It measures 8 7/8” tall x 3 ¾” across the base.
Marked on underside with Stangl / Pottery / Birds inside an oval, (one of several marks used by Stangl). Also stamped in blue with shape number 3580 and marked in ink with initials CVF. All marks are under the glaze. The initials CV stand for Corinne Van Arsdale, the artist, and the F for Flemington (NJ), where much of Stangl’s pottery was decorated (Runge, p. 99). After hand painting, the pieces were returned to the main pottery at Trenton for glazing and re-firing. This piece was made from 1941-1950 (Runge p. 119).
The condition of the figurine is excellent with no chips, scratches cracks or crazing. It will give great pleasure for many years.
Reference: Collector’s Encyclopedia of Stangl Artware, Lamps and Birds by Robert C. Runge, Jr. 2004
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