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MARTIN BROTHERS BIRD JAR .An extremely rare Martin Brothers grotesque ceramic bird jar and cover.Beautifully modeled in brown and white glaze with tints of blue and green, the bird has a sinister staring expression on its humanoid face.The bird is fully maker marked on the base and head collar with matching date 11.1903. Height 8 inches. Mint condition with no restoration or damage, an outstanding original example of English ceramics at is very best.
MARTIN BROTHER STONEWARE FACE JUG.A superb example of a Martin Brother stoneware double face jug, each side of the jug features a rather sinister and grotesque smiling face, the modeling to these faces is exceptional. Base has full Martin Brothers factory details. Circa 1910.Provenance, this jug was sold some years ago by Bonham's London and comes complete with a copy of the auction entry from the catalog.
MARTIN BROTHERS CERAMIC JUG.This Victorian jug stands at 5 inches in total height and is beautifully decorated with five birds and five flying insects in foliage designs. The base is marked, Martin Brothers London & Southall 1.1896. There is some damage to this jug but it is priced accordingly and would be worthy of restoration, in perfect condition this jug would easily be worth £1200.00 and probably more as Martin Brothers ceramic are very much in demand at the moment. This actual jug was sold by the auction company Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury 8 years ago (2007) and although damaged still sold for £600.00 + commission. Bargain price. [Condition: Exc+]
MARTIN BROTHERS GROTESQUE TORTOISE INKWELL.This superb Martin Brothers inkwell is very similar in style to there famous grotesque spoon warmers. An exceptionally rare and highly desirable stoneware figure of a tortoise with human face in the typical Martin brothers grotesque style. The shell of the tortoise has a very attractive mottled brown glaze, the tortoise's human face is in a gray glaze with sinister looking eyes, snouty nose and wide open mouth (for holding quill pen & ink). The white glazed base sits on four pad feet. The base is marked, R.W.Martin & Bros Southall B.37, this figure probably dates from Clement Martins period with the company. An exceptionally rare inkwell figure, from extensive research I can find only 4 other similar examples in important advanced collections / museums around the world. Considering that the going rate for a Martin Brothers grotesque bird is in the region of £20,000 / £100,000 depending on size and modeling and that there is easily in excess of 100 known, the Tortoise inkwell is considerably rarer and in my opinion much better value. [Condition: Mint]
MARTIN BROTHERS MR PICKWICK FIGURE.A highly detailed and very rare Martin Brothers stonware model of Mr Pickwick ( Charles Dickens character). This rare figure depicts Mr Pickwick asleep in a wheelbarrow, the detail is exceptional, Wallis Martin has even highlighted some of the creases in Mr Pickwick's coat in black paint before firing the figure. The back of the wheelbarrow is signed, R.W.Martin & Bro Southall 11.1914 and below this the title of the figure, PICKWICK. The figure has a couple of typical Martin Bothers glazed in manufacture firing cracks but no damage or restoration. Similar example featured in the Malcolm Haslam Martin Brothers book. Provenance, this actual figure was sold by Sotherby's London 12 years ago (2003). [Condition: Mint]
MINIATURE MARTIN BROTHERS STONWARE JUG.A very attractive small jug standing at about 3 inches in height. The jug is produced in a very unusual design reminiscent of a snails shell with an unusual mottled glaze affect. The base is fully marked for the Martin Brothers with full signature and date. There is some very minor restoration to the jug which is to the lip and the handle but it is priced accordingly. [Condition: Exc++]
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