Martin Brothers Unglazed Model of a Dead Parakeet, c.1890
lying on a rectangular slab
12.6" x 4.3" — 32 x 11 cm.
incised R.W. Martin / Martin Bros. London & Southall
Label affixed to the base reads: “MADE BY ROBERT MARTIN, SOUTHALL. BOUGHT FROM HIM IN 1922 / WHICH WAS THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM. HE DIED IN 1923. / J.N.L”
See Haslam, Malcolm, The Martin Brothers Potters, 1978, p.91: “... A dead parakeet modelled by Wallace had been sent to him by his wife’s brother who had kept the bird as a pet.” and fig.127
Richard Dennis, London