Parrot on rockwork base

Dutch (Delft)
about 1690-1720
Attributed to Cornelis Aelbrechtsz Keyser (Dutch) (Dutch), Or De Dissel (The Pole) Factory (active 1640-1702)


Height x width x depth: 20 x 12 x 7 cm (7 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





One of a pair of parrots with high-fired polychrome yellow, green, blue, and red decoration resting on a rockwork base in the Chinese style featuring stylized flowers and interlaced vegetation. The yellow underside of the bird has green and red feathers and the wings are predominantly green and blue. The eyes consist of several concentrated colored circles and the beak is green and blue and pierced with two holes. Signed CK and attributed to either Cornelis Aaelbrechtsz Keyser or De Dissel Factory.


Parrot with blue base has paper label: "Collection G. Ephis / DEL 071." Parrot with white floral base has two labels: "104" and "Collection G. Ephis / DEL 070"


Only .2 is marked: Entwined "CK 80" in overlgaze iron-red


1994, sold by Aronson Antiquairs (dealers), Amsterdam, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012.

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger