These models of the mute swan, native to Europe and Asia, are recorded as having been worked on by Kändler with the assistance of Peter Reinicke in November 1747. They were made in three sizes, of which the present examples are the smallest, and remained popular into the 19th century.
A pair of swans of this model in the largest size is illustrated by Carl Albiker, Die Meissener Porzellantiere, (1939 edition), pl., XXXIV, nos. 143 an 144. Swans in the middle size are illustrated by Carl Christian Dauterman, The Wrightsman Collection, Vol. IV, pp 81 and 83, nos. 36 A, B and 37 A, B, where the author also illustrates a pair in the present, smallest size on p. 85, no. 38 A, B. Another pair in the present size is illustrated by Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, pl. 275, nos. 1117 and 1118. A similar pair of swans of this size, Property from the Collection of William S. Paley, was sold in these rooms, October 4, 1991, lot 1991, and a pair of the middle-sized swans mounted on ormolu bases, Property from the Estate of Laurance S. Rockefeller, sold in these rooms, October 11, 2005, lot 211.
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