Robert Wallace Martin for Martin Brothers, a stoneware sculptural bird jar, 1884, grotesquely modelled in relief as a characterful figure, with long beak and moustache, frowning stern expression, glazed in black, brown and cream with blue splashes, on wooden base, incised marks to lid R W Martin & Bros, London + Southall, and to the body with the addition of 3.84, 33.5cm high Provenance: David Rago and Philip Chasen, The Martin Brothers, New York September-October 1995, number 88; H E Williss Collection (photographed in the archives of Ealing Central Library)

Sold for: £30,000

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