last quarter 18th century
A highly comparable cockerel-box is illustrated by M.A.Casanovas and M.D.Giral, El Splendor de Alcora, Cerámica del XVIII, p.105, cat.no.409. The author notes that the 'Fauna de Alcora' exemplifies the production of the Third Period at Alcora. Tureens and single figures taken from day-to-day fauna were at that time mainly designed by Clemente Aicart and Christobald Mas. In his book Spanish Pottery, 1248-1898, Anthony Ray points out a factory announcement of as early as 1749, where customers are invited to buy 'all kinds of animals and birds' (p.232f), indicating the long-standing tradition of the production of these kinds of containers at Alcora. Another comparable cockerel-box is illustrated in M.Escrivá de Romaní y de la Quintana, Conde de Casal, Historia de la Cerámica de Alcora, plate LXXXII.
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