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ID number:  BIRBI-43.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bolten, Arent van (about 1573-1633)
Title / Object name:  Lamp in the form of a grotesque bird
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Amsterdam
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  Model: about 1620; Cast: probably about 1900
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  17 cm high
Provenance:  J.P. Heseltine, Sold at Sotheby's, 24 May 1935, lot 25; purchased at Sotheby's, 5 March 1943, lot 80, for £30

The model for this curious creature can be traced to a series of drawings of grotesque beasts, in the then fashionable auricular (or ‘ear-like’) style, by the Dutch designer and silversmith Van Bolten. The finest of the many known casts may have been made by him or at least during his lifetime. It seems probable, however, that the majority – including this one - were made much later, perhaps even in the 19th or early 20th century, when they first appeared in large numbers on the art market.

Notes:  Model: Amsterdam or Zwolle. Cast: Northern Europe, probably about 1900.

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