R.W. Martin Brothers Figural Wally Birds Jug With Covers On Auction At Lion & Unicorn On April 16, 2023

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The Martin Brothers were a family of four ceramic artists, Robert Wallace, Walter Fraser, Edwin and Charles Douglas Martin, who worked in London during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their distinctive style was characterized by intricate and often grotesque designs featuring animals, birds, and human figures. They were particularly renowned for their stoneware bird jars, which are highly sought after by collectors today.


The Martin Brothers were also known for their exceptional craftsmanship, using complex techniques such as salt-glazing and sculpting to create their intricate designs. Their pieces were often one-of-a-kind and signed by the individual artist who created them, adding to their rarity and value.

The Martin Brothers were part of the Arts and Crafts movement, a cultural and artistic movement that emphasized traditional craftsmanship and rejected industrialization. Their work reflects the values and aesthetics of this movement, making it an important part of the history of British art and design.

The Martin Brothers Wally Bird is a type of pottery bird figurine created by the Martin Brothers pottery studio in London, England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Wally Bird is a particularly famous creation of the Martin Brothers, and it is characterized by its whimsical and often grotesque appearance. The birds typically feature large, bulbous eyes, beaks that are slightly open, and a range of unusual and exaggerated features, such as elongated necks or comically large wings.

The Wally Bird has become highly collectible over the years, with individual examples fetching high prices at auction. The Martin Brothers’ pottery has also been exhibited in major museums around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Lion and Unicorn will be offering an extremely rare Double Head Martin Brothers Wally Bird at auction on April 16, 2023. Now is your opportunity to own an important object of historical British pottery.

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