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Bird, chandelier ornament, in bronze with brown patina. Head with large almond-shaped eyes, open beak; deeply carved diamond feathers on chest and flat spatula tail; grooves on back for wings; through-hole for hanging rod. Flanders, 15th centuryHeight: 12.5 cmProvenance: former Guy Onghena collection, Belgium, then by descentTwo comparable birds were in the Irwin Untermyer collection and another specimen is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with its legs missing (inv. M.6-1930). These small birds formed the tops of some Flemish chandeliers.Book consulted: Y. Hackenbroch, Bronzes other metalwork and Sculpture in the Irwin UntermyerCollection, London, 1962, pl. 121.

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France - 75009 - paris
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