These particular game birds are one of Patrick Mavros’ most successful and celebrated designs. Similar birds that have reached the auction houses of Christies and Sotheby’s have fetched exceptional prices in the USA and United Kingdom.
One of Africa’s best known game birds, the Helmeted Guinea Fowl, is widespread on the subcontinent foraging in small flocks never too far from water. Its beautiful plumage has inspired many decorative themes in the African craft markets.
The Helmeted Guinea Fowl is a striking bird with an easily identifiable silhouette and has been created in two classic poses: the alert sentry and a hen pecking at silver maize pips.
The plumage of the Helmeted Guinea Fowl has distinctive white spots that have been rendered in silver by the painstaking process of raised relief. As was the intention behind the design, each time the birds are wiped with a silver cloth, these raised spots shine more brightly against the body of the bird which having less direct contact with the cloth, remains subtly duller.
Both pieces are hallmarked and signed by Patrick Mavros.