From England this lead birdbath dates to the early 1900’s. The bath depicts a kingfisher bird perched on the end of a large leaf (the leaf sits on top of a footed base). Kingfisher birds are typically brightly plumed birds with large heads and bills and short legs and tails. A specific genus, known as the common kingfisher, can be found throughout most of Europe, specifically England.
Our birdbath was made by the Crowther family out of the West London district, Chiswick. The Crowther studio was founded in 1908 by Henry Crowther. Henry Crowther’s father, Tom owned a garden ornament business in the 19th century. Henry was able to turn his father’s stone and marble creations into cast lead creations. Henry perfected a casting process using sand and clay molds that allowed him to make sculptures in a more cost-effective manner
This English birdbath from the early 20th century can still be used as intended in an outdoor setting. The birdbath can also be used inside as a decorative item or a small pedestal.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. Minor rubs and buildup.