Mintons Majolica Monumental Stork Umbrella or Stick Stand
Date cypher for 1875
Impressed uppercase mark and shape no. 1916, U and cypher, black painted H. and 41., modeled by J. Hénk
Standing naturalistically on one leg atop a rocky mound, holding a struggling eel wrapped around its beak, a frog beneath its foot, the stand formed by tall bulrushes and water-lily pads. Height 40 1/2 inches.
Johann (John) Hasselmann Hénk (1846-1914), son of Christian Hénk, joined the Minton firm in 1859 as an apprentice. He was to become Minton's Chief Staff modeler, specializing in majolica animals and figures.
English Majolica, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, 19 January - 11 April 1982.
Victoria Bergeson, Majolica, col. pl. VII. Joan Jones, Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production, p. 140. Victoria Bergesen, Majolica, British, Continental and American Wares, p. 49, pl. VII. Nicholas M. Dawes, Majolica, p. 79, fig. 134. Marilyn G. Karmason with Joan B. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, New York, 1989, p. 55, the image courtesy of Sotheby's, London. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number L.2019.51.2, on loan from Linda Horn.
C The Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection
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