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Catalog Number R2002.4.1
Object Name Vase
Description Vase having a globular form with tapering neck and everted rim; decorated in polychrome enamels and gold, with bands at the rim and on the foot, central scene on opposite sides of a parrot holding a sprig of cherries in one talon while chained by the other to a perch suspended from a foliated pomegranate.

The original source of this finely painted 'Parrot on a Perch' design remains uncertain. A related design, found on a similar bottle-shaped vase, is attributed to Cornelis Pronk by du Boulay. Several other parrot designs that possibly derive from Pronk or his studio are cited by Howard and Ayers.

Although Jorg contends that such designs do not exhibit "any convincing stylistic similarities" to Pronk's work, they clearly are European in origin.
Year Range from 1740
Year Range to 1750
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View No