Two generations of enthusiasm for 18th-century Meissen porcelain birds and animals have resulted in this remarkable collection, arguably the most extensive and important in private hands. It was started in the 1930s by Lady Baillie, an heiress of the prominent American Whitney family, for the historic Leeds Castle in Kent, which she had recently acquired. Her son Gawaine was brought up with these porcelains. When in due course the collection passed to him he, with his wife Margot, greatly added to it, enhancing its scope and stature.
Over 140 different models, almost all from the 1730s and 1740s, together superbly illustrate the animated and life-like modeling for which Johann Joachim Kändler is rightly famous. Estimates range from under £1,000 up to £150,000. Also featured will be a selection of furniture and decorations from the West Sussex house designed by Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie, their home for over 40 years.