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Susan Parkinson "Pocket Owl"

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A matte porcelain model of an owl, designed by Susan Parkinson and created in her pottery in Brabourne Lees, Kent, circa 1955.

This expressionist owl is a convincing caricature despite the abstract nature of Parkinson's design. When creating a new model, Parkinson focussed only on the most essential elements of the animal to create stylised impressions with unique personalities. Here, the essence of an owl has been successfully captured with just a few key features; the incredibly large eyes, small beak and round stature. 

The owl's character and personality are amplified by loose brushstrokes and swirling lines; markings which suggest the owl's feathers. 

With the model number 46, this 'small owl' became affectionately known at the pottery as the "pocket owl" as the size and shape allows it to fit into the pocket perfectly.

Model Number: 46

Model Name: ‘Small Owl’ or ‘Pocket Owl’

Designer: Susan Parkinson 

Manufacturer: Parkinson Pottery 

Year of Design: C. 1955

Dates Produced: C. 1955-60 (Mould updated in 1960)

Colour: Black, grey, white 

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 8 cm, Depth: 3.5 cm 

Condition: Perfect.