?Rare Stoneware Pike Fish circa 1890
The best example of their salt glazed stoneware fish work. Naturalistically modeled and coloured in tones of olive green and brown, mottled with touches of pale blue around the gills, the body pierced for air vents and suspension. Signed on the central fin. Mounted on an ebonized wood base 19 1/2′ long ( 49.5 cm ). The large lakes and rivers surrounding the Manor Houses of this Victorian era produced some fish that were astounding for the day. A trophy captured in Stoneware must have been a wonderful memory of an early sunny morning in the Country Estate.
Incised: Martin brothers London & Southall
Provenance: Sotherby’s Belgravia 1972
Harriman Judd Collection Sotheby’s NY 2001
Originally illustrated in Malcolm Haslam The Martin Brothers Potters , Richard Dennis Publications page 91 fig.126