A figure of a cockerel, Japanese, late 17th Century.

The figure is modelled mainly in the white, with finely detailed plumage. Touches of colour are in the comb and wattles, which are painted in iron-red overglaze enamels, and on the legs, claws, beak and eyes, described in yellow, the latter with black detailing; the base is dressed in iron-oxide. It appears in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: “the West Dressing room … a white china cock.”

Cockerels seem to have been a particularly popular subject for export porcelains since cockerel-shaped ewers and boxes, as well as variously posed figurines are extant.



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