A Meissen figure of a pigeon on a nest circa 1732-35
The Royal Orders for the Japanese Palace for 26th November 1733 include 'Vögel, so in das Königli. Japanische Palais in die obere Etage der fördern Gallerie...An Vögeln 24 Tauben' [Birds, intended for the upper floor of the Front Gallery of the Royal Japanese Palace... Birds: 24 Doves]. Subsequently, two were delivered in 1733 (described as 'nach dem leben bemahlte' [painted from life]), four in 1734 and four more in 1735. Two of this model of the bird on a nest are recorded as still present in the 1770 and 1779 inventories of the Tower Room; and six enamelled examples are listed as in the Royal Collection in 1900.
See the note to the preceding lot.
A figure of this model, together with one of the trumpeter pigeon, was included in the Maurice de Rothschild and Edmond de Rothschild collections as a pair, see Röbbig (2008), cat. no. 4.