A blue and white porcelain eagle
18th century, Japan
Height: 45 cm, 17.7 inches
The bird of prey is depicted perched leaning to its right on a well chiselled rockwork base that has been left in the biscuit thereby contrasting with the bird decorated in under glaze blue. Boldly and naturalistically modelled the eagle rests with head held up and fierce eyes, the talons cling to the rock and the tail is held down.
Porcelain for Palaces, British Museum 1990, figure 156.