Brad Keeler Blue Jay #735
Brad Keeler was a California artist who, in 1939, began creating "naturalistic studies" of birds and animals. These creations were then sold though gift stores. Keeler is best known for his decorating techniques whereby he first applied color with an airbrush, then hand-painted other details to enhance the figurines. Sadly, Keeler died suddenly in 1952. His pottery closed shortly thereafter. This blue jay was created in the mid 1940's. It stands 9.25" tall and is about 6.75" long. It is airbrushed in a baby blue color, with an orange stomach. The "feathers" appear to be hand-painted. It is in excellent condition - the only issue I see is where the artist apparently missed a spot when airbrushing the bird. This is a signed piece (see photo).