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Figure of an Owl

The 18th century marked the beginning of English figure manufacture on a commercial scale. Made with molds, these forms could be reproduced at a reasonable cost, which attracted the middle class, the main patrons of earthen and stoneware objects. Familiar figures of both animals and humans, including men and women in everyday pursuits, appealed to conservative sensibilities. The charming figures of a cat, dog, lion, rabbit and owl in this case represent the English delight in ceramic animals made purely for decoration. Both domestic and foreign animals were popular subjects. While many animal forms were decorative, some also served as functional objects such as the Bear Jug, Camel Teapot and Ha...
c. 1760
Earthenware with lead glaze
9.5 x 24.1in
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

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