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  • Japanese ivory parrot okimono to make $15,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Japanese ivory parrot okimono to make $15,000?

A Japanese carved-ivory parrot okimono (or "ornament for display") is to auction at Bonhams on July 10.

The lovable ornithological specimen, sculpted as if in the midst of preening his feathers, is estimated to be worth £10,000 ($15,000).

ivory okimono parrot
The care staking carving work is particularly evident around the ivory parrot's eyes and beak

As well as life-like plumage, the undated artefact boasts naturalistically-cast bronze feet, designed to grip a wooden perch.

The sculptural piece measures 87cm in its entirety.

ivory parrot okimono

Previous sales results suggest the parrot could be in high demand come July.

A spectacular articulated hawk sculpture brought £121,250 ($184,807) to Bonhams London in May, leading the auction house's sale of fine Japanese art.

The circa 1894 hawk sculpture, attributed to Itao Shinjiro - a talented metal worker who also produced articulated eagles, dragons and crayfish - sold with a 21.3% increase on its £100,000 top estimate.

Unique items, such as the present ivory okimono, have the potenital to captivate collectors, making remarkable centre pieces as well as provoking discussion and intrigue.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, we currently have this stirring collection of Albert Pierrepoint memorabilia in stock - sure to incite considerable interest and debate.

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    Paul Fraser
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