The Peregrine Falcon may be one of the world’s most abundant birds of prey, but that in no way lessens the drama of watching this brilliant hunter at work. The peregrine is believed to be not only the world’s fastest bird, but in fact the fastest creature in the whole animal kingdom, and is able to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour in its characteristic ‘stoop’ as it dives to catch its prey.
The principal diet of the peregrine is smaller birds, which it ruthlessly captures in flight, along with occasional small mammals and reptiles. For a time in the 1970s the peregrine became endangered in many parts of the world as a result of the use of pesticides, but population sizes are now strong and thriving.
It is no small task to capture the drama, speed and power of a falcon in the stoop, especially in the medium of ceramic art, but this is just the sort of challenge to which the artists at Bronte Porcelain aspire. On the pure white bone china of the Hanley Vase the artist captures every detail of the bird as it plunges towards its helpless prey, from the dark, focused eye and curved bill to the distant, rocky shoreline and the waves below.
The vase is finished with a band of 22 carat gold around the rim, and is mounted on a mahogany stand. A personalised inscription of your choice can be added to the base. As a perfect partner for this vase, Bronte also offer the Peregrine Falcon perched vase, showing the bird in repose; for more details see here.
Vase Height: 255mm
Vase Height including Plinth: 295mm
Vase Diameter: 107mm
Plinth Diameter: 180mm
Painted by Tony Young