Tobacco Jar in the Form of a Bird
Date: 1891
Medium: Incised and painted salt-glazed stoneware
Dimensions: 10 1/2 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/2 in. (26.7 × 13.3 × 14 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 2001
Object Number: 2001-5
About: R. W. Martin and Brothers Pottery was a small art pottery business run by the brothers Wallace, Walter, and Edwin Martin. Although the early output of the pottery was more utilitarian in nature, by the 1870s the production became less symmetrical and more natural, influenced by both Renaissance and oriental motifs. It was at this time that Wallace began creating these jars in the form of fowl, often humorously referred to as “Wally birds.”
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