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    Posted 3 years ago

    billretire…
    (434 items)

    This bronze parrot statue is 27 1/2" tall, 10"x 7 1/2" base, 6 1/2" at the perch, and 19" from the perch to the tip of the tail
    It is marked Phillips on the right side on the back of the base.
    When I found it at a garage sale 10 years ago, it reminded me of the Brad Keeler Pottery of California bird figurines that I would always look for, because they always look so real to me. When I got home I got out my Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery, by Jack Chipman, and went to the Brad Keeler Pages, where it says that in 1931, after high school, and taking an evening painting class at the University of Southern California, Brad was employed by Phillips Bronze and Brass Company of Los Angeles. Phillips, the same name that was on my bronze parrot! Could it be designed by Brad Keeler? I sent an Email, and photo to Jack Chipman, and this was his reply, and my response.

    To: William
    Subject: Fw: Brad Keeler
     
    From: Jack Chipman <jack@jackchipman.com>
    Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:09 PM
    Subject: Brad Keeler
     
    Bill,
    I’m close to 100% certain this is the work of Brad Keeler.  It’s quite a find as he was not employed there very long.  So, these things have got to be quite scarce.
    What are your plans for it?
    Jack

    From: William
    Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:44 PM
    To: Jack Chipman
    Subject: Re: Brad Keeler
     
    Jack,
     I just found the sculpture this weekend and havn't really thought much
    about it other than how old, or where or when it was made. The woman
    that I purchased it from didn't know much about it, she bought it at
    auction years ago, and had no other info. I just liked the piece, and
    bought it, but it hasn't become an heirloom yet! :^) Any Ideas?
     Thanks, Bill
    . . . And here I am today, still the owner of the Parrot Bronze Statue, wondering what to do! :^D

    Thanks for looking, any questions, or comments welcome! :^)

    And Thanks to Jack Chipman, for his thoughts on this piece!

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Wow, cool find Bill, with great follow up information.
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Always good to see you stop by Karen, and thanks for your nice comment! :^D

      Thanks for the love Pete(h2c), and Karen(racer4four), much appreciated! :^)
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Many thanks to all of you for stopping by for a look, and then loving what you saw!
      Newfld
      Judy
      iggy
      MacDaddyRico
      pw-collector
      and fortapache,
      always the best! :^)
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      I love it Bill!
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Certainly better than a real parrot !
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thank you Mary, so do I! :^)

      Hey bb2 was here and left a comment too, and you're right! No feeding, no mess, and no noise! :^D
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thank you for stopping by Mary, and Kevin, and for the love too! Always appreciated! :^)
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      As large as it is Bill, it's gotta be super heavy... well at least to us old guys huh?
      Congrats on your excellent find :)
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      It's heavy Rick, but my son can pick it up . . . he's bigger than I am though! :^D No it's not that heavy, I'd say 15 lbs.+- it's hollow cast, not solid. I was, and am, very happy with the find, and the prices that I see for them, just keep going up! B^)

      Thanks for your nice comment, and the love Rick, it's always good to get, and to see you! :^)
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks to the both of you, SEAN68, and lzenglish, for lookin, and lovin! :^)
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Oh hey aura, sorry I didn't thank you for the love! So . . . Thanks for lookin and lovin aura! :^)
    12. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Hi dlpetersen, Thank you for taking a look, and leaving some love! :^)
    13. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Oh! Merry Christmas PoliticalPinbacks, sorry I didn't see you sooner, thanks for the love! :^)
    14. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Hey Mani, very nice to stop by on Christmas! Hope you had a good one! :^D Thank you for the love! :^)
    15. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Hey Trey, I haven't checked this post in a while. Nice of you to check it out, and thanks for the love! :^)
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Thank you for the love Laura, it's always nice to get! :^)
    17. inky inky, 2 years ago
      Congratulations to you...it just shows you when you buy what you love you can’t go wrong, I would have brought him home to, it beautiful...:-)

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