Flights of Fancy
These local birds of a feather have caught our expert's eye. See what he has discovered!
1 PAIR OF PARROTS
Beginning in the mid-17th century, five English towns—Stoke, Burslem, Hanley, Longton, and Tunstall—became the epicenter of the Staffordshire ceramics trade. These brightly painted circa-1860 parrots (13" h. x 7" w.) were among the area’s creations. $2,500, Ann Madonia Antiques, 36 Jobs Ln., Southampton, 631-283-1878, annmadoniaantiques.com.
2 DUCK DUCK
This circa-1920 American-made bonneted duck andiron (15" h. x 9" w. x 19" d.), one of a pair, is fitted with gleaming glass eyes and adds whimsy to the fireplace—or anywhere else in the house. $2,100 for the pair, Eclectiques, 1524 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-537-9594, email@example.com.
3 BLUE PERIOD
Adam Pfaltzgraff (1876–1955), a potter originally from York, Pennsylvania, was known for making large sculptural cement animal figures, which he intended to be used as garden ornaments. This blue heron (34" h.), made around 1935, features red glass eyes. $1,400, Bridgehampton Antiques, 215-297-5221, bridgehamptonantiques.com.
4 NESTING PATTERN
Ever since this birdcage (27" h. x 20" w. x 14" d.) was hand-built and hand-painted in France around 1900, many lucky lovebirds, doves, and canaries have taken up residence. $1,950, English Country Antiques, 26 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton, 631-537-0606, ecantiques.com.
5 SWAN SONG
These long-necked swans (19¼" h. x 6" diam.) were blown in the Murano glassworks of the late Venetian craftsman Archimede Seguso. Dating from 1960, the pair glistens with a layer of gold dust that was applied to the glass while it was still hot. $2,400, Mary Ann Lembo, 97 School St., Bridgehampton, 631-537-9062, maryannlemboantiques.com.