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A Martin Brothers stoneware grotesque spoon-warmer, 1881

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 GBP

A Martin Brothers stoneware grotesque spoon-warmer, 1881

A Martin Brothers stoneware grotesque spoon-warmer, 1881

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

18,900

GBP

A Martin Brothers stoneware grotesque spoon-warmer, 1881 


by Robert Wallace Martin, modelled as a fantastical creature with broad grinning mouth, supporting itself on two feet, with pinched and incised ornament, the dark-brown body with black tiger-stripes, incisedRW Martin./London/& Southhall./2.1.81

13 cm high

16 cm long


Some minor chipping but no signs of restoration. In honest condition, in detail: The lower lip has two shallow wide chips next to each other on the right side as you look at the beast, a small chip to the other side of the bottom lip and some minute chipping to the upper lip below the nose. Nine minor chips to the edge of its bead, minor chipping to its left nostril and eyebrow. Five chips along the dorsal sections and some other lesser flakes. A few flakes to the edges of the feet. Some slight patches of wear to the tips of some sculpted sections.


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See Malcolm Haslam, The Martin Brothers Potters, Uxbridge, 1978, fig. XI for a group of spoon warmers including three of similar type to the present example, see also p. 83 for a discussion of these bizarre and humorous sculptural forms which, from about 1879, Wallace conjured up from his vivid imagination.