A Holitsch parrot ewer and cover of the same model, marked HH in black, was sold at Christie's New York, January 30, 1988, lot 159. Another similar example, marked HH in manganese, was sold at Sotheby's London, October 18, 1988, lot 320.
The cover: The feather on the top of his head is extremely well restored. There is a short haircrack running up from the rim edge behind its left eye. There is a minuscule chip to the rim edge.
The jug: There is some occasional minor chipping/abrasions to the edges of the handle and some very few small areas where the glaze has not taken. There is 3 by 1 inch section at the foot that has been broken off and restored with a made-up material. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.