Autumn is Here - part VI

Italian Hand-Painted Terracotta Pheasant by Valeria Vestrini (LEO Design)

As much as I love the film Gosford Park, the notion of shooting pheasants out of the sky is abhorrent to me.  Such beauty deserves to live and thrive!  Nevertheless, a "shooting party" is a time-worn, aristocratic Anglo-Autumnal pastime.

Lucky for me (and all those beautiful pheasants), this handsome bird is crafted of finely-painted terracotta.  It was hand-made in Italy, by Valeria Vestrini, probably in the 1980s.  The painting is exceptional.  It is numbered 53/500.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this beautiful creature.

More Autumnal Offerings tomorrow and in the days to come. 


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We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248