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The very detailed mold and carefully applied colors give this piece a very life-like countenance. It has provenance from a large French collection and dates towards 1880.
The pottery mold includes the feather detailing as well as excellent facial and head details. The body is hand painted in shades of grey, fawn brown, chocolate brown, rust, white and yellow. Individual strokes give depth to the feathers. Tiny raised speckle dots give an added dimension. The painting of the body is in a slight mat finish giving a more life-like appearance to the chicken. The basket and grass have a more glossy finish. The basket is very textural, you can feel the "weave" as if it was a real stick basket.
This example measures 7 3/8" across (front to back across the base), 5 1/2" wide side to side across the base, 8" wide beak to tail feathers, the basket 1 3/4" deep. It is in very good antique condition in accordance to age. There are a few slight places (bottom right wing) where the paint is worn (this shows as white spots on lower wing). There is on small inconsequential chip to the outer edge of the rim of the chicken, otherwise no noticeable cracks or chips. Please study the photos as these are a part of the description.
It is a splendid work of art and would be fantastic as part of a collection or could stand alone as a special centerpiece on a table or shelf.
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