Press-molded Bird Figurine
Shop of Rudolph Christ
Salem North Carolina United States of America
HOA 2-1/4″; LOA 2-3/8″; DOA 1-9/16″
This press-molded bird figurine is lead-glazed earthenware with mottled green glaze. The bird has applied molded wings (wing mold in OS collection.); and applied to base. The bird is looking back over its left proper left wing. Base is chipped on both ends and portion of tail is missing; minor glaze loss on wings and neck; has a small fissure on the back from firing process. Bird figures of this type were probably intended as toys. (Ceramics in America, p. 122).
HISTORY: “Bird figures of this type were probably intended as toys.” (Ceramics in America, p. 122) The mold for the wings of this example survives in the Old Salem collection.
Old Salem Purchase Fund