Little Blue and white Ceramic Parrot Bird with incised "Camil" back stamp

by Sally
(Elstead, Surrey, UK)

Little Blue and white Ceramic Parrot Bird

Little Blue and white Ceramic Parrot Bird

I have found an unusual little ceramic blue and white parrot like bird, sitting on a green branch. It is quite naive in its construction but very attractive. He has a huge personality for bird so small. The bird has an interesting mix of powered blue unglazed areas while its wings and head crest are gloss glazed white. It has a ochre brown and black beak and unglazed ochre toes with black toe nails. I think it is stoneware.

It has a clear incised back stamp saying "Camil", but I cannot find any reference to this back stamp and name online. I have tried all kinds of search terms but Google keeps trying to change Camil to Camel! There is a Pia Camil but they seem to make large contemporary ceramic sculptures.

The bird is small measuring 6 cm (2 1/2 in) high, 6 cm (2 1/2 in) wide and 4 cm (1 1/2 in) deep. Can anyone help?

I would love to know where this bird was made and by whom. I wonder if he is from China or the Far East. I do have a small online vintage store and I find researching the history of vintage items fascinating, but this bird has me stumped. Thanks Sally

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by: Anne (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

I have found a couple of items backstamped 'Camil' listed on eBay's American site. Neither listing has any information about the firm.

Here's the pics:



Best wishes,


Thank you for response
by: Sally Place

Thank you Anne, you have helped me solve the mystery - Arts in Stone Holland by Camil & Maguz. How clever you are!

I have tried to find out more about Arts in Stone, but they don't seem to have a website. It is interesting that although I was entering certain search terms like camil, figurine, pottery etc Google was not bringing up these items! You really do have to try many different combinations, so a lesson learned for me. Thanks again, Sally

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by: Peter (admin)

Hi Guys

I have done some epic advanced google searches for this firm's history, but there is nothing online apart from a handful of listings on eBay.

Let's see what we can unearth.

Best regards

Peter (admin)

Camil Parrot
by: AG

Hello there, Did you ever discover any more? I have a green and yellow parrot which meets the description of your blue and white bird...mine has an unglazed green body and glazed yellow wings and beak. The CAMIL stamp underneath the unglazed ceramic bark. Interesting...

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