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.

The legs, claws, beak and eyes are described in yellow; the latter with black detailing.

The base is dressed in iron-oxide, 22.5cm high.

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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