C1910 Japanese Imari Magpie Porcelain Birds


"Pair of Imari Black and White Magpies on Prune Tree Trunks" from the Johnstone Collection, Philadelphia, is illustrated page 32 of "Japanese Porcelain, 1800-1950", Schiffer, Pa, USA, 1986. The Oriental Treasure Box, San Diego has an identical example in stock(Us$2950+tax) it calls an okimono, https://www.orientaltreasurebox.com/item.php?id=1387&cat_id=20. Prices in Australia are often quite different. Our pair in their tree, stands 34.5 cm tall, exclusive of the modern wooden plinth. The sculpture is beautifully observed and finely modelled.

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