The very name ‘Bird of Paradise’ gives an insight into the effect these wonderful, brightly coloured creatures had on the first European visitors to encounter them on the island of New Guinea. When paintings of the birds, as well as samples of their skins and feathers, were brought back by these travellers they caused a sensation. Even today, the sheer exoticism of the birds of paradise, with their extravagant plumage and their even more astonishing display behaviour, continues to astonish.
Bronte Porcelain’s Great Bird of Paradise Vase perfectly captures that exotic beauty. The bird perches on a branch in a tropical rainforest, the delicate pink of its legs and wings surmounted by a magnificent head in two shades of green. Around its body can be seen some of the foliage of the forest, but it is the bird itself that is the focus of our attention. The artist uses the full height of the 255mm (10 inches) tall Hanley Vase to capture every little detail of this beautiful and exotic creature; see for example the individual feathers of its wings.
The cylindrical vase is first cast in fine bone china, then a glaze is applied before the artist begins work, and several further firings will be required after each application of colour before the vase is given its finishing touch with a band of 22 carat gold around the rim. A personal inscription can be added to the base of the vase, and it is supplied in a hand-made, silk-lined presentation box.
Vase Height: 255mm
Vase Height including Plinth: 295mm
Vase Diameter: 107mm
Plinth Diameter: 180mm
Painted by Tony Young